Damian Hinds: MPs don't need to 'love every line' of Brexit deal

Damian Hinds

Friday, November 23, 2018

The education secretary has called on MPs to think about the Brexit deal as "a package" if it goes through to Parliament, claiming they don't need to "love every line" to vote it through.

Damian Hinds MP appeared on the breakfast show to discuss Theresa May's claims that she has the backing of the Cabinet on her divisive Brexit deal.



An EU summit is taking place in Brussels on Sunday to "finalise and formalise" the draft deal, and if it is agreed, it will then be voted on in the House of Commons.

"The Prime Minister has landed a good deal, we now have to sell it," Mr Hinds told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"We have to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to scrutinse it, but also to make sure that when they do that, they're not just thinking do I love every line and detail of this deal. They have to think about this as a package and compare it to the alternatives."


'National interest'

Mr Hinds said if the deal didn't go through the Commons, there was a "risk of no Brexit" and "no deal".

"Ultimately everybody has got to make their own judgement about what is in the national interest," he said.

"I'm not in the business of predicting the outcome, I'm in the business of trying to shape the outcome."