Infrastructure Chief Resigns Over PM May’s Handling of Brexit

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Lord Adonis, an influential peer, has stepped down his post as the infrastructure adviser, stating that the government of the United Kingdom has become too aligned with UKIP over Brexit.

Adonis was the head of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) of the government. However, he has told Theresa May that Brexit is preoccupying Whitehall and that the Prime Minister is not focused on other political issues.

The peer has been the chairman of the NIC since 2015. He also served as the transport secretary for Gordon Brown between 2009 and 2010.

In the resignation letter of Adonis, he stated: “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.”

Adonis said that future generations would aim to bring the United Kingdom back into the European Union.

George Osborne, a former chancellor, posted on Twitter to thank Adonis for his work. He said that the incoming appointee must be bipartisan.

Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader, stated: “Lord Adonis is one of the most thoughtful politicians around. This is why he has so many friends and political admirers beyond the Labour Party.

“It is, then, a great shame that he is no longer leading Britain’s infrastructure programme.”