Government infrastructure adviser had said leaving single market was as bad a mistake as appeasing Nazis in 1930s

A Downing Street spokeswoman has said Theresa May will not sack Labour peer Lord Adonis as a senior government adviser, despite him comparing leaving the EU to British appeasement of the Nazis in the 1930s.

The spokeswoman said the prime minister “completely disagrees” with the comments by Lord Adonis, the former Labour transport secretary who chairs the government’s National Infrastructure Commission.

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