Lord Adonis In His Resignation Letter: Theresa May Has Become The Voice Of Ukip
“If Brexit happens, taking us back into Europe will become the mission of our children's generation, who will marvel at your acts of destruction”

Lord Adonis tonight quit as chair of the government-backed National Infrastructure Commission in protest at the PM’s management of Brexit, describing the process as “a dangerous populist and nationalist spasm worthy of Donald Trump”.

The former Labour minister said Brexit had become “hyper sensitive to any criticism” as it was “infecting” the whole conduct of government, including infrastructure.

Mr Adonis accused Theresa May of “becoming the voice of UKIP” and said he was forced to resign as the Government “trying to silence” him over his criticism of its handling of a multi-million-pound rail franchise.

He also claimed that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s position had become “increasingly untenable” because of his involvement in the East Coast decision, as he should have been tougher in fighting for taxpayers’ interests.

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Mr Adonis wrote in his resignation letter to Mrs May: “Brexit is a populist and nationalist spasm worthy of Donald Trump. After the narrow referendum vote, a form of associate membership of the EU might have been attempted without rupturing Britain’s key trading and political alliances.”

“Instead, by allying with UKIP and the Tory hard right to wrench Britain out of the key economic and political institutions of modern Europe, you are pursuing a course fraught with danger. Even within Ireland, there are set to be barriers between people and trade.” He added:

“If Brexit happens, taking us back into Europe will become the mission of our children’s generation, who will marvel at your acts of destruction”.

The Labour peer urged his party to support the second referendum as he resigned saying that people like him who are in leadership positions should be “arguing passionately with the British people as to why staying in the EU is the right thing to do”.

He added: “I hope we can bring the common sense of the British people to bear when they realise what the consequences are,”.

Mr Adonis’s resignation makes him the second senior Labour figure to resign from a government-backed role, following Alan Milburn’s decision to step down as chair of the social mobility commission, citing May’s failure to make progress on the issue.

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