Boris faces another crisis as Brexit Secretary Lord Frost quits cabinet

Brexit Secretary, Lord Frost, who has left Government (Image: PA)

The Brexit Minister Lord Frost has resigned from the cabinet in a move that will put more pressure on the belittled Boris Johnson.

At the end of a week when the Prime Minister lost a safe seat to the Tory and faced rebellion in parliament by a third of his MPs, he appeared to have lost a key ally.

Lord Frost, who has been negotiating Britain’s departure from the EU, is said to have submitted his resignation to the Prime Minister last week.

But he was persuaded to stay until January, according to Mail on Sunday.

The senior minister is said to have opposed the introduction of anti-virus measures in Plan B, including the implementation of Covid passes to enter major stadiums.

The article also said that he was disillusioned by other Government policies including raising taxes and costing zero climate change pledges.

Lord Frost has recently been locked in intense negotiations with the EU to try to change the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol.

The UK side said the EU was applying this protocol too rigidly and wanted to eliminate customs checks between the UK and Northern Ireland.

Lord Frost is said to have resigned last week but has been persuaded to stay until January (Image: REX)

On Friday, Lord Frost released a statement in which he said it was ‘disappointing’ that he was unable to agree a new deal before the end of the year.

He said he spoke to European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic on Friday and that negotiations would continue into 2022.

He commented that while there had been ‘some progress’, it was not ‘as much and not as fast as we had hoped’.

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said the news represented ‘a Government in total chaos as the country faces a couple of weeks of unrest’.

Boris Johnson has had one of his worst weeks as Prime Minister (Image: Getty)

She tweeted: ‘@BorisJohnson didn’t do the job. We deserve better than this gadget. ‘

Possibly the worst week for Mr Johnson since becoming Prime Minister in 2019, his Conservatives lost a North Shropshire by-election to the Lib Dem on Thursday, days after His 100 MPs vote against his latest Covid plans.

Conservative supporter Andrew Bridgen warned Mr Johnson he was ‘running out of time and friends to deliver on the promises and disciplines of a true Conservative Government’.

He tweeted: ‘Lord Frost has made it clear, 100 Conservatives have made it clear, but most importantly so have the people of North Shropshire.’

The news was greeted with alarm in Northern Ireland, where politicians had hoped Lord Frost would be able to renegotiate the hated protocol.

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said his departure was a bad sign for Mr Johnson’s commitment to eliminating the Irish Sea border.

Sir Jeffrey said: ‘This government is distracted by internal strife, and Lord Frost has been frustrated on a number of fronts.

‘We wish David well. We enjoyed a strong relationship with him and his team, but this raises more serious questions for the Prime Minister and his approach to the NI Protocol. ‘

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