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MPs to give ‘anti-Brexit’ peer a dress­ing down

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BRI­TAIN’S in­fra­struc­ture tsar is to be grilled by MPs af­ter he was ac­cused of fail­ing to pre­pare the UK for Brexit be­cause he wants to ‘re­verse’ it.

An­drew Ado­nis, who has boasted that he has a ‘game plan to stop Brexit’, faces ques­tions over whether his views have im­paired his judg­ment as chair­man of the Na­tional In­fra­struc­ture Com­mis­sion.

The quango has been given the job of build­ing a £100bil­lion na­tional in­fra­struc­ture plan, but last night MPs warned it has not pro­duced a sin­gle re­port on the vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture needed to pre­pare Bri­tain for leav­ing the EU.

The Com­mons Trea­sury Se­lect Com­mit­tee has agreed to call Lord Ado­nis as a wit­ness af­ter Tory Char­lie El­ph­icke raised con­cerns about his con­duct. The MP for Dover said: ‘Leav­ing the EU is the big­gest chal­lenge our na­tion has faced in mod­ern times. Yet the NIC has not writ­ten a sin­gle re­port on be­ing ready for Brexit.

‘Lord Ado­nis seems more in­ter­ested in re­vers­ing the EU ref­er­en­dum than pre­par­ing for Brexit. Peo­ple will rightly won­der if his per­sonal views are cloud­ing his judg­ment.’ Ear­lier this year, Theresa May faced calls to sack Lord Ado­nis as a Gov­ern­ment ad­viser af­ter he com­pared Brexit to the ap­pease­ment of Hitler.

De­spite be­ing a diehard Re­main fig­ure­head, Lord Ado­nis’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as NIC chair­man – for which he is paid £85,200 a year, plus £17,040 in pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions – in­clude pro­vid­ing ‘im­par­tial’ ad­vice to the Gov­ern­ment. The NIC has drawn up a list of 12 in­fra­struc­ture pri­or­i­ties, in­clud­ing the HS3 rail line and Hink­ley Point C nu­clear plant, but noth­ing on Brexit.

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