Labour peer Lord Adonis quit tonight in protest at Brexit, claiming it was a ‘nationalist spasm’. He was appointed by former chancellor George Osborne to run the cross-party National Infrastructure Commission in 2015, and was re-appointed by Theresa May in April despite disagreements over Brexit.
Mrs May declined to fire the peer in July when he compared Brexit to Nazi appeasement.
Lord Adonis told Mrs May that future generations would ‘marvel at your wanton destruction’ if she continued to push through Brexit.
In his resignation letter, Lord Adonis told the PM: “Brexit is a dangerous populist and nationalist spasm worthy of Donald Trump.
“After the narrow referendum vote for an undefined proposition to ‘leave the EU,’ it could have been attempted without rupturing our essential European trade and political relations.
“However, by becoming the voice of UKIP and the extreme nationalist right-wing of your party, you have taken a different course, for which you have no parliamentary or popular mandate.”
An unnamed Government source made clear Lord Adonis was going before he was pushed.
They said: “He’s been moving closer towards the exit door with each new onslaught he makes against Brexit.
“He’s now walked through the door before he was pushed.”
Earlier this month, Lord Adonis hailed the government’s first defeat on the Brexit Bill, gleefully warning of more trouble to come.
“First step towards defeat of Brexit. And this is before the Lords has got going on the National Betrayal Bill,” he wrote on Twitter.
Good riddance to him! We don’t need politicians and civil servants who refuse to respect the will of the people. Let’s hope more Remoaners will follow him.