United Kingdom Brexit Minister David Frost has left his post over disillusionment with the direction of Boris Johnson’s government.
According to the media reports from the UK, the Brexit minister David Frost had In a letter to Mr Johnson, said that while “Brexit is now secure” he had “concerns about the current direction of travel”.
Brexit Minister David Frost said in a letter to Johnson that he was stepping down immediately after a newspaper reported that he had planned to leave the post next month.
In his letter, Lord Frost, who attended cabinet, said his resignation would take “immediate effect” and spoke of his desire to see a “low-tax” economy.
“I hope we will move as fast as possible to where we need to get to: a lightly regulated, low-tax, entrepreneurial economy, at the cutting edge of modern science and economic change,” he said.
He added that measures to reopen the economy in July “did not prove to be irreversible” – adding: “I hope we can get back on track soon and not be tempted by the kind of coercive measures we have seen elsewhere.”
Responding to Lord Frost, Mr Johnson said he should be “immensely proud of your historic service to this government and this country”.
It comes after a week where the prime minister suffered a by-election defeat with the Conservatives losing the previously safe seat of North Shropshire – which the party had held for nearly two centuries – to the Liberal Democrats.
He also endured the biggest rebellion of his premiership so far when many of his own MPs voted against the government over the introduction of so-called Plan B curbs in England.
A total of 99 Conservatives voted against the government, but the measures – including Covid passes at larger venues – passed by a majority of 243 thanks to Labour support.
Lord Frost had most recently been engaged in negotiations with the EU over post-Brexit arrangements.
This included elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol, agreed by the UK and EU in 2019, that allows goods to cross the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland without checks.
The protocol has been criticised by some businesses for making it more difficult to send goods to Northern Ireland from Great Britain.
DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the resignation raised questions about the UK’s approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Sir Jeffrey said Mr Johnson “must now urgently decide which is more important – the Protocol or the stability of the political institutions”.
Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill, said momentum was needed in negotiations to make the Protocol work better.
“The North will not be collateral damage in the Tory chaos,” she added.
Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the opposition Labour Party, said Johnson isn’t up to the job as the omicron variant drives a spike in coronavirus infections.
“A government in total chaos right when the country faces an uncertain few weeks″ Rayner tweeted. “We deserve better than this buffoonery.″