Lord Andrew Adonis has faced a huge backlash from social media users who have lashed out at the Labour peer over his attempts to blame Brexit for the lorry driver shortages sweeping throughout the UK.
Speaking to LBC, he said: “The big change, as the Road Haulage Association has highlighted, has been Brexit.
“Exacerbated, of course, by the Covid crisis which meant that many drivers returned [home].
“You need to understand the interaction between the two. It’s undoubtedly true that a lot of drivers left the country because of Covid, that’s absolutely right because a lot of people went back to their homelands, and we had a huge number of EU drivers.
“But they haven’t returned, this is the point. And they haven’t returned because the Brexit red tape makes it hard to, it means all the time they have to spend to get through the red tape at the border makes it less economic to come.
“But also, their employment status is in jeopardy and it means they no longer have a right to come back into the country in the way they did before when there was a single market.”
But the assessment from Lord Adonis came under attack from listeners ho took to social media to dismantle his argument about Brexit causing the shortages the UK is experiencing.