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Andrew Adonis, making the case for a vote on the terms of Brexit: 19 April (East Herts for Europe)

April 19, 2018 7:00 PM
Apton Centre, 18 Apton Rd, Bishop's Stortford

Why Brexit is not inevitable!
Lord AdonisAndrew Adonis is touring the UK making the case for a vote on the terms of our leaving the EU.

He is a Labour peer and served as Transport Secretary under Gordon Brown, having previously been an Education Minister, Head of Downing Street's Policy Unit and an academic. He chaired the National Infrastructure Commission from 2015 to 2017, before resigning his post over his concerns with the Conservative government's approach to Brexit. This event is organised by East Herts for Europe

Andrew Adonis' resignation letter includes:

"A responsible government would be leading the British people to stay in Europe while also tackling, with massive vigour, the social and economic problems within Britain which contributed to the Brexit vote. Unfortunately, your policy is the reverse. The Government is hurtling towards the EU's emergency exit with no credible plan for the future of British trade and European co-operation, all the while ignoring - beyond soundbites and inadequate programmes - the crises of housing, education, the NHS, and social and regional inequality which are undermining the fabric of our nation and feeding a populist surge.

"What Britain needs in 2018 is a radically reforming government in the tradition of Attlee, working tirelessly to eradicate social problems while strengthening Britain's international alliances. This is a cause I have long advocated, and acted upon in government, and I intend to pursue it with all the energy I can muster.

"Britain must be deeply engaged, responsible and consistent as a European power. When in times past we have isolated ourselves from the Continent in the name of 'empire' or 'sovereignty,' we were soon sucked back in. This will inevitably happen again, given our power, trade, democratic values and sheer geography. Putin and the rise of authoritarian nationalism in Poland and Hungry are flashing red lights. As Edmund Burke so wisely wrote, 'people will not look forwards to posterity who do not look backwards to their ancestors.'"

and

"Brexit is causing a nervous breakdown across Whitehall and conduct unworthy of Her Majesty's Government."

To book

The event is free, but space at the Apton Centre is limited, so please book "Eventbrite - Bishops Stortford - Brexit"