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