Lord Adonis quits government role with Brexit attack

The government’s infrastructure adviser has announced he is quitting his role, describing Brexit as a “populist and nationalist spasm”.

Lord Adonis said Prime Minister Theresa May was “pursuing a course fraught with danger” over the UK’s EU departure.

The ex-Labour minister is already a high-profile campaigner against Brexit.

A government source said: “He’s been moving closer towards the exit door with each new onslaught he makes against Brexit.”

The source added: “He’s now walked through the door before he was pushed.”

‘Emergency exit’

Lord Adonis, who was transport secretary under Gordon Brown between 2009 and 2010, has chaired the National Infrastructure Commission since 2015.

The commission produces a report in every Parliament advising the government on spending in areas like transport connections and energy.

Lord Adonis sparked anger earlier this year when he compared Brexit to the appeasement of the Nazis in the 1930s, and has repeatedly called for last year’s referendum vote to be reversed.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42514117

2 thoughts on “Lord Adonis quits government role with Brexit attack

  1. He’s said Theresa May doesn’t have a popular mandate for what she is doing regarding Brexit and he’s intimated the House of Lords could thwart Brexit.
    What mandate does this unelected peer have? It’s claimed he is a talented person. Being talented should not exclude him from standing for elected office. If the HOL does manage to prevent Brexit then that should mean it really is time to abolish it.

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  2. Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said: “Lord Adonis’s departure is long overdue.
    “It’s a bit rich for him to pontificate on what he calls populism, by what most would refer to as democracy when he himself has never been elected by a public vote. He has instead relied on preferment from others.”

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