LONDON – Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a sharp blow on Saturday at the end of a week of turmoil in British politics as his closest ally and negotiator on Brexit, David Frost, announced his resignation citing differences in the direction of government policy.
A member of the Cabinet, Mr. Frost was the country’s leading designer of the Brexit agreement, and was involved in difficult negotiations with the European Union over how the country’s exit rules apply to Northern Ireland.
A member of the House of Lords, Mr. In his resignation letter, Frost said Brexit was “safe” but that the prime minister was aware of “concerns about the current direction of the trip.” Policy since Britain’s exit from the European Union.
He added: “An easily regulated, low-tax, entrepreneurial economy on the brink of modern scientific and economic transformation: I hope we move quickly to where we need to be.”
The announcement of his departure, he said in his letter, would take effect immediately, Mr. With new pressure mounting on Johnson, whose leadership has been called into question by recent setbacks, Britain is battling a new wave of corona virus infection. Mr. Frost’s resignation was announced earlier in The Mail on Sunday.
Mr. who is very popular among the members of the Conservative Party. Mr. Frost, regarding corona virus controls. He also pointed out in his letter that he had significant differences with Johnson: “We must learn to live with Govt too, I know it’s yours. Even intuition, ”he wrote. “Against considerable opposition, you took a bold decision in July to reopen the country. Unfortunately, it did not prove to be as irreversible as I wished, and I hope you did too.
Mr. Frost added that he believes the country can get back on track and “should not be tempted by the coercive measures we have seen elsewhere.”
The Mail on Sunday reported that it had told the Prime Minister about its decision a week earlier.
But at the end of a disastrous week, Mr. The timing of his announcement to Johnson could have been worse. On Tuesday, nearly 100 of his own legislators revolted against government plans that would require a PAS or negative Govt test to prove vaccine status to enter large areas.
Then on Friday, Mr. Johnson’s Conservative Party, one of its legislators, resigned in the election more than a century ago to replace Owen Patterson, in violation of parliamentary campaign rules.
Those events Mr. There has been speculation that this could pose a challenge to Johnson’s leadership, although most analysts believe this is unlikely to happen immediately, especially since parliament is now on holiday for the Christmas holidays.
However, the political situation is volatile with speculation that the government may introduce stricter new corona virus controls to curb the spread of the Omicron variant. The uprising in parliament on Tuesday underscored opposition to such measures among Conservative lawmakers. But on Saturday, Britain reported more than 90,000 cases of the corona virus, and fears are mounting that the country’s exaggerated health service could be overwhelmed.
Mr. Frost was one of Brexit’s toughest lawyers, but despite his war stance in negotiations with the European Union, the government has recently backed down from threatening to suspend part of its agreement on post – Brexit trade terms. Northern Ireland. Britain has also dropped a request to remove the European Court of Justice, which is the final arbiter of trade rules.
Speaking to Times Radio, a Conservative legislator, Andrew Bridgen, said Mr. He described Frost’s resignation as a “watershed moment” for many of his colleagues and a “catastrophic blow to the government and the prime minister.” Johnson “must switch or move.”
Jenny Chapman, Labor’s shadow minister in the cabinet officeThe government is “confused,” he said, adding that “the country’s need for leadership is not a lame prime minister.