Thursday, December 8

David Frost, British Brexit negotiator, resigns

British Brexit negotiator David Frost has resigned from Boris Johnson’s government due to his disagreement with the new restrictions imposed to contain covid-19, the UK media reported this Saturday.

Frost, a key figure in negotiations with the European Union (EU), reportedly delivered his resignation letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, according to the media, although the politician has not officially announced his resignation.

The British tabloid “The Mail on Sunday” notes that Frost wants to leave amicably and that he has been persuaded to remain in his post until next January.

Apparently, according to some media, the negotiator decided to depart from the Executive for the so-called Plan B, which establishes the obligation to wear a mask in public transport and stores, as well as the introduction of covid certificates to enter large events.

Also, according to the same sources, Frost felt increasingly dissatisfied with the Executive for the increases in taxes, contrary to the position of the British conservatives, traditionally in favor of cutting them.

In recent months, Frost has held intense rounds of negotiations with his community colleague, the Vice-President of the European Commission (EC), Maros Sefcovic, to overcome differences over the implementation of the so-called Protocol for Northern Ireland, designed to avoid a border between the two Irelands so as not to undermine the peace process.

The “number two” of the Labor Party (in the opposition), Angela Rayner, said today on her Twitter account that this news shows that the Johnson government is in “total chaos”.

Likewise, the Foreign Spokesperson for the Liberal Democratic Party, Layla Moran, said today that the resignation is a sign of “chaos and confusion” in the Conservative government.

“Rats are fleeing Johnson’s sinking ship as he reels from crisis to crisis. Even the prime minister’s loyal supporters are now abandoning him.”

In recent weeks, the prime minister has had to face several controversies, including the apparent celebration of a Christmas party a year ago when the country maintained strong restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus.

But the most devastating gesture for Johnson occurred last Tuesday when almost 100 “Tory” MPs challenged his authority by voting in the House of Commons (low) against the introduction in England of covid certificates to enter large events.

That vote went ahead with the support of Labor, in the opposition, since the government has a majority of 79 seats.

In addition, on Thursday the “Tories” lost the seat in North Shropshire, in the west of England, won by the Liberal Democrats after it was left vacant by the resignation of Conservative MP Owen Paterson.

Frost had spoken with Sefcovic yesterday and had stated that he would be willing to sign an “interim agreement” next year with the European Union (EU) that deals with the “most pressing problems” of the Protocol for Northern Ireland, even if it leaves unresolved. more difficult questions.

In a statement, the negotiator added yesterday that “some progress” had been made in terms of measures to allow the passage of medicines between the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

However, the negotiation on eventual changes to the agreement that came into force in January remains stuck in the rest of the aspects on the table.



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