Brexit: Lord Adonis says UK ‘could rejoin the EU’
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The Labour peer took to Twitter to fume about Brexit as the UK marks five years since the historic vote. Lord Adonis insisted Britain was “diminished, divided and devalued” and going in the “wrong direction”.
He tweeted: “5 years on, Brexit Britain is diminished, divided and devalued.
“All the wrong people are in charge, leading in the wrong direction.
“Step by step towards rejoin is the way back.”
Lord Adonis, who is chair of the European Movement, also claimed the UK could rejoin the EU in this generation.
Writing for the Independent, he said: “Were it not for Covid-19, and the success of the British vaccination programme while the European Commission initially flailed, I suspect British politics would today be overwhelmed by Brexit.
“Once we are post-Covid, the fact that Brexit is so obviously unstable and unviable will reassert itself.
“In my view, Brexit almost certainly won’t last in this extreme form and may well be reversed entirely in this generation.”
Lord Adonis is not the only pro-European to speak out on the anniversary of the 2016 referendum – which saw the country vote to leave Brussels by 52 percent to 48 percent.
Lord Heseltine, the former deputy prime minister who is now president of the European Movement, insisted Brexit was the “very opposite” of what the country needed following the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “Five years on, Brexit is far from ‘done’. It has only just begun and the forecast is ominous.
“Storm clouds are gathering on the horizon, chief among them the threat to the Good Friday peace agreement in Northern Ireland.
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“The fishing industry has now voiced its betrayal and the Australian trade deal will slowly erode the competitiveness of British farmers over the next 15 years.
“Meanwhile, the financial services industry quietly moves its activities to Europe in order to escape the continuing Brexit uncertainty.”
However, Boris Johnson said the country had voted five years ago to “take back control of our destiny” as he hailed Brexit.
The Prime Minister said: “This Government got Brexit done and we’ve already reclaimed our money, laws, borders and waters.
“Now as we recover from this pandemic, we will seize the true potential of our regained sovereignty to unite and level up our whole United Kingdom.
“With control over our regulations and subsidies, and with freeports driving new investment, we will spur innovation, jobs and renewal across every part of our country.
“The decision to leave the EU may now be part of our history, but our clear mission is to utilise the freedoms it brings to shape a better future for our people.”
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