Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE
Lord Adonis, Labour Peer; Secretary of State for Transport (2009-10)
Chair: Sir Simon Fraser, Deputy Chair, Chatham House; Managing Partner, Flint Global; Permanent Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2010-15)
Andrew Adonis contends that, as the UK enters the end-game of Brexit, a false choice has been offered to British voters and to their politicians: a catastrophic ‘no deal’ Brexit or Prime Minister May’s likely ‘blind Brexit’ which takes Britain out of the EU and into a transition period with no guarantees about any future relationship with its closest neighbours and partners.
Lord Adonis argues that the second of these is now the most likely outcome but the government must not treat a ‘blind Brexit’ as any kind of victory. He makes the case that such an outcome is profoundly undemocratic and antithetical to the interests and aspirations of the British people, explaining why, therefore, that he believes Brexit must be stopped and how this can happen.