Andrew Adonis quit as Theresa May’s infrastructure czar, but not before delivering a scalding verdict on the Brexit policy being pursued by the U.K. prime minister and her Conservative Party.
The Labour peer and former shipping secretary described Brexit as a” populist and nationalist spasm worthy of Donald Trump” in a resignation letter published by the Guardian that he substantiated as” accurate” on Twitter.
As for May’s flagship piece of Brexit legislation, which cleared the House of Commons in December, Adonis described it as” the worst legislation of my lifetime ,” and indicated he’ll oppose it when the House of Lords debates it.
” I seem duty bound to resist it relentlessly from the Labour benches ,” Adonis wrote.” You are engaging a course fraught with danger…If Brexit happens, taking us back into Europe will become the mission of our children’s generation, who will marvel at your acts of demolition .”
Adonis was appointed to the National Infrastructure Commission in 2015 by then Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, to push cross-party consensus over long-term decisions to invest in infrastructure. His deviation and guaranteed to oppose May’s Brexit strategy is another sign that even as Britain leaves the EU, divisions pervade in all areas of the political establishment.
His departure signifies 2017 is bookended by abdications for May. Three days into the year, her EU envoy Ivan Rogers unexpectedly ceased, depriving her of a key figure in dealing with EU negotiators. And now, periods from the end of the year, Adonis is departing with an excoriating verdict on the country’s direction.
” Brexit is causing a nervous breakdown across Whitehall ,” Adonis wrote.” The government is hurtling towards the EU’s emergency exit with no credible plan for the future of British trade and European cooperation, all the while ignoring — beyond sound-bites and insufficient programs — the emergencies of housing, education, the NHS and social and regional inequality which are undermining the fabric of our commonwealth and feeding a populist upsurge .”
He likewise explosion Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s” indefensible decision” in November to bail out teach operators Stagecoach Group Plc and Virgin Trains by ending an unprofitable railing franchise contract early.