Lord Adonis: ‘The Government has been doing Project Fear, not me’

Lord Adonis: ‘The Government has been doing Project Fear, not me’

Monday, September 17, 2018

Lord Andrew Adonis has said that Theresa May “has been doing Project Fear” because she wants to scare MPs into voting for her Chequers deal.

Lord Adonis told talkRADIO’s Jeremy Kyle: “It is the government that has been doing Project Fear recently, it is not me, it is the government that said there is six weeks of medical supplies needed, stockpiling food and all that.

“I am convinced the reason they have been doing that is because they want to scare certain MPs, who are the people who actually decide what happens at the end of the year, into voting for Theresa May’s deal by saying the alternative is so awful.

“The equivalent is that you have got to buy the house around the corner because otherwise someone is going to come with a bulldozer and start knocking your house down.”

‘We are a democracy’

Lord Adonis added that “the other option” to Theresa May’s Chequers plan was to hold a People’s Vote on staying in the European Union.

He said: “What I think Theresa May is trying to do is scare Conservative MPs and the public that they have got to go with her deal, which I assume is not going to be a very good deal otherwise she wouldn’t be doing all this scarifying.

“People need to be aware of that. We are a democracy and it is the people who make the decision at the end of the day.”


‘The chaotic approach to negotiations’

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London has called for a second referendum on Brexit, as with six months to go before the UK leaves the EU, the Labour politician has said the UK now faced either a “bad deal” or “no deal”.

Writing in The Observer, he said: “In good faith, I’ve given the government every bit of advice and information available to City Hall and every opportunity to strike a deal that would minimise the impact on people’s livelihoods.

“But I’ve become increasingly alarmed as the chaotic approach to the negotiations has become mired in confusion and deadlock, leading us down a path that could be hugely damaging – not only to London, but the whole country.

“The unfortunate reality is that Theresa May has failed to negotiate a Brexit position with her own party – let alone agree a deal with the EU. At every stage, her government has looked unprepared and out of its depth, resulting in a litany of wrong turns.

“And, not for the first time, it seems the debate has become more about Boris Johnson’s political ambitions than what’s good for the country.”