Lord Frost insists Boris Johnson is ‘the right man to move the country forward’ after his shock resignation as Brexit minister: refuses to dispense with whether more Cabinet ministers will quit if PM issues new Covid restrictions
- Lord Frost resigned as Brexit Secretary Saturday night due to ‘forced’ Covid restrictions
- Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, will be in charge of the Brexit discussions
- Lord Frost said today that Boris Johnson is ‘the right man to move the country forward’
- He refused to dispense with whether there will be more ministerial resignations due to Covid
Lord Frost insisted today that Boris Johnson is “the right man to move the country forward” after his abrupt resignation from the Cabinet on Saturday.
The colleague has resigned as Brexit secretary with ‘immediate effect’, having previously agreed with the prime minister that he will leave the post in January.
Lord Frost cited concerns about the government’s “current trend of travel” as well as concerns about “forced” Covid measures.
This morning he stressed that his decision to withdraw was “absolutely not about leadership” as he gave Johnson his full support.
However, he declined to be drawn into whether more ministers could resign from Cabinet if Mr Johnson decides to impose more coronavirus restrictions.
Lord Frost insisted today that Boris Johnson is “the right man to move the country forward” after his abrupt resignation from the Cabinet on Saturday. The Prime Minister was photographed outside 10 Downing Street this morning
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has taken charge of leading Brexit talks with the European Union amid a long-running dispute over border rules in Northern Ireland.
He described Lord Frost’s departure as a “watershed moment” for Johnson after a particularly devastating week for the prime minister.
Lord Frost told Sky News this morning that he and Johnson were in agreement on Brexit issues but differed on broader government policy.
He said: ‘We’ve never disagreed in any way on Brexit policy, until the last day we were totally aligned with that, and I’m sure Liz Truss and Chris Heaton-Harris would do a great job.
I left government because I think it’s well known that I can’t support certain policies, most recently on Covid restrictions and Plan B, and if you’re a minister, you have to support collective responsibility, you have to support government decisions and I couldn’t and that’s why I had to leave.
Asked if he thought it was time to replace the prime minister, Lord Frost said: “This is not at all about leadership, this is about political differences.
I am absolutely confident that this country will have a great future under the leadership of Boris Johnson if we can put the policies in place right.
He added: ‘The departure was meant to be in the new year and I came out earlier than we thought.
“Leaving is about politics, it’s about political differences and I am absolutely confident he is the right man to move the country forward.”
Lord Frost was asked if he thought more ministers would quit Cabinet if the Prime Minister introduced more Covid restrictions in the coming weeks.
He replied: ‘I cannot speak on behalf of anyone else, I can only say what I think is that I do not support coercive policies on Covid.
“The Prime Minister has made some very difficult decisions and I am sure he will think carefully about them.”