Brexit has been a 'pretty big disaster' says Lord Adonis
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The Chair of Euromove, the largest pro-European organisation in the UK, made the comparison in a tweet to his 158.3k followers on Friday afternoon. Mr Adonis’s response came after quote-tweeting another user’s post from 2019.
In the post dating from July two years ago, user @uk_domain_names writes that he had questioned people about their concerns when it comes to Brexit.
Dating from before Britain’s departure from the trading bloc, he notes that among the “over 1800 replies” he received, many raised concerns about the loss of jobs and a decline in the economy.
His tweet reads: “I recently asked people what their number one concern was about Brexit, and got over 1800 (!) replies. Here’s a compilation of the responses…
“THE ECONOMY – Short-term economic shock, Long-term economic damage, Job losses, Loss of existing trade deals, Collapse of the pound.”
The user – whose bio describes him as the author of “Slaying Brexit Unicorns”, which he says is a title debunking “the disaster via facts, stats and gallows humour” – also followed up his initial tweet with further concerns raised at the time.
This list includes food shortages, loss of freedom and movement and a widening gap between the rich and poor.
Lord Adonis then utilised this list to compare Brexit to appeasement, questioning whether a worse policy had been seen since the Thirties.
The europhile also referenced that Boris Johnson had spoken with Poland’s Prime Minister about interferences from the European Court of Justice earlier today.
The Labour Party politician wrote: “Just read this list.
“Has there ever been a worse policy than Brexit since appeasement in the Thirties?
“Oh and on that score, this morning Johnson spoke to the far-right PM of Poland to enlist him against Ireland, France & Germany in the dispute over his own Brexit treaty! OMG”
His tweet was met with support from other Remainers, with some suggesting that the list gave enough reason to see Britain rejoin the European Union.
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@ChrisChrisatrdg quoted Mr Adonis’ tweet and wrote: “So true & we must look to rejoining the EU.”
While @rocourt62 described the situation as “concerning” after a number of the issues raised on the list in 2019 appear to have come into fruition.
They wrote: “It’s very concerning and sad that this is where we are as a country now.”
A further user – @sportmarketing1 – replied to the tweet and criticised those who had voted for Brexit and those “who now continue to support it”.
It comes after the former Cabinet minister Lord Adonis was accused of “spreading a malicious falsehood” in social media posts that attacked his peers over the dumping of raw sewage in rivers and the sea.
Earlier today, Lord Zac Goldsmith called out Mr Adonis by saying: “Over the course of dozens of tweets, he was trying to make his, let’s face it not always balanced Twitter followers, believe something about me and the Government that is simply not true and which he knows to be untrue.
“By suggesting we were making it easier for companies to pollute our waters he was spreading a grotesque inversion of the truth.”
He then added: “In this debate on sewage, he has absolutely covered himself in the stuff and so shame on him.”
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