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Boris Johnson loses his Brexit minister

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After the information was revealed by the newspaper Mail on Sunday, Downing Street confirmed it by publishing David Frost’s resignation letter.

The departure comes as the difficult negotiations with the European Union (EU) on the implementation of post-Brexit arrangements in Northern Ireland have not been completed.

Two years after his electoral triumph on the promise to achieve Brexit, Boris Johnson this week suffered a sling from his camp over measures against COVID-19.

The situation worsened for the British Prime Minister on Thursday: his political party lost a by-election in the Tory stronghold of North Shropshire.

An embarrassing departure

Lamenting that his resignation leaked to the press, David Frost announced in his letter that it was effective immediately. According to Mail we Sunday, Boris Johnson had first succeeded in convincing him to stay until January.

To explain his departure, David Frost cited the new restrictions in the fight against the coronavirus, tax hikes and politics to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

You know my concerns about the current direction of things, David Frost wrote to Boris Johnson, pointing out that with Brexit achieved, the challenge for government now is to realize the opportunities it gives us.

Boris Johnson said sorry of David Frost’s resignation, expressing his gratitude for the work he has done.

Opposition reacts to Frost’s departure

Labor Deputy Leader of the Opposition Angela Rayner reacted on Twitter saying the government is in total chaos precisely when the country goes through weeks of uncertainty.

Boris Johnson is not up to the task. We deserve better than this buffoonery, she added.

In the ranks of the majority, MP Andrew Bridgen considered that this was a defining moment for Boris Johnson. He must change or go, he said on Times Radio.

On Twitter, this ardent brexiter stressed that the head of government was running out of time and friends to keep the promises and discipline of a true Tory government.

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The question of Northern Ireland

Supporter of a hard line in the face ofEuropean Union, especially concerning the application of the controversial protocol on Northern Ireland, David Frost led the negotiations for London on the Brexit agreement and then its implementation.

The Protocol concerning Northern Ireland establishes a new customs regime for this British province, which de facto maintains it in the single market of the European Customs Union.

The United Kingdom and theEuropean Union have been leading bitter talks for several months to iron out their differences on the implementation of the text, effective since the start of 2021.

While David Frost has taken an inflexible stance in demanding that any recourse to European justice for dispute settlement be ruled out, recently the government seemed to soften its stance on this matter.

A career diplomat, David Frost worked in Brussels in the 1990s and was Ambassador to Denmark from 2006 to 2008. He also headed the Scotch Whiskey Association (SWA).

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