Brexit minister Lord Frost who has quit the Government (Picture: PA)
The Brexit minister Lord Frost has resigned from the cabinet in a move that will heap more pressure on a beleaguered Boris Johnson.
At the end of a week when the PM lost a safe Tory seat and faced a rebellion in parliament of a third of his MPs, he now appears to have lost a key ally.
Lord Frost, who negotiated Britain’s exit from the EU, is reported to have handed in his resignation letter to the Prime Minister last week.
But he was convinced to stay on until January, according to the Mail on Sunday.
The senior minister reportedly objected to the introduction of Plan B coronavirus measures, including the implementation of Covid passes to enter large stadiums.
It is also said that he had become disillusioned by other Government policies including tax rises and the cost of net zero climate change commitments.
Lord Frost has recently been locked in tense negotiations with the EU to try to make changes to the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol.
On Friday, he released a statement in which he said it was ‘disappointing’ that he hadn’t been able to agree a fresh agreement before the end of the year.
He said he had spoken to European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic on Friday and negotiations would resume in the New Year.
He remarked that while there had been ‘some progress’, it had not been ‘as much, and not as quickly as we had hoped’.
Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said the news represented ‘a Government in total chaos right when the country faces an uncertain few weeks’.
She tweeted: ‘@BorisJohnson isn’t up to the job. We deserve better than this buffoonery.’
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