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PM will not sack adviser for comparing hard Brexit to appeasement of Nazis

Theresa May has rejected calls to fire Labour peer Lord Adonis over his comments.

Prime Minister Theresa May will not sack a senior Government adviser after he compared a so-called “hard” Brexit to British appeasement of the Nazis in the 1930s.

Mrs May has rejected calls to fire Labour peer Lord Adonis, who chairs the Government’s National Infrastructure Commission, despite the controversy caused by his remarks.

A spokeswoman for Mrs May told a Westminster briefing the Prime Minister completely disagrees with Lord Adonis’s comments, but will not sack him.

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Lord Adonis said the UK was about to embark on the biggest economic mistake of a generation (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“He is not a member of the Government. He is not a Conservative peer. His job is to provide independent advice to Government on infrastructure, that doesn’t have anything to do with the views he expressed on Brexit.

“She completely disagrees with those views.

“His views on Brexit have no bearing on the position that he holds. It is down to him to explain his views.”

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