31st Oct, 2020

Droitwich's MP Nigel Huddleston says he backs the PM's draft Brexit deal

THE MP for Mid Worcestershire Nigel Huddleston has expressed his backing for the Prime Minister’s draft withdrawal deal from the EU.

Mr Huddleston said it was far from perfect but no deal was going to be perfect.

He added making an agreement was about making compromise, saying he was comfortable with the outcome.

“As with the referendum, opinion on the deal in my constituency is divided.

“But I do believe that the deal does deliver on the vast majority of things that people who voted leave said they wanted.

“It takes back control of our borders and ends free movement, we stop paying billions of pounds to the EU each year, it ends the jurisdiction of the European Court (ECJ) and we come out of the common agricultural policy, and out of the common fisheries policy – and we avoid the need for a hard border in Northern Ireland.

“If we had been offered this deal by the EU a couple of years ago I suspect many of those who voted for Brexit would have accepted it enthusiastically.

Mr Huddleston said he thought the deal also provided clarity and comfort to those who voted remain that the UK would stay as ‘strong friends and close trading partners with the EU’.

“Moreover in the chamber of the House of Commons today I asked the Prime Minister directly if this deal was the best available and if it was in the best long term interests of my children.

“She turned around and said yes – and when the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom looks you in the eyes and makes a commitment like that it means something.”

It has been a turbulent day for the Prime Minister and her Government.

This morning Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab quit his role, saying there were flaws in the agreement with the EU.

Another Cabinet Minister Esther McVey, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, also quit the cabinet, along with a number of junior ministers.

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