Lord Frost ‘right at the very top’ of potential Boris Johnson successors after quitting
Lord Frost ‘at top of list’ of PM successors says commentator
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Brexit minister Lord Frost has resigned “with immediate effect” as he told Boris Johnson that building a new relationship with the EU would be a “long-term task”. Lord Frost, who has led negotiations with the EU, is reported to have handed in his resignation letter to Boris Johnson last week with an agreement to leave in January. Political commentator Emma Webb has said Lord Frost is “right at the top” of potential people to take over from Mr Johnson.
Speaking to GB News, Ms Webb said: “I haven’t had so much respect for a politician in I don’t know remember how long.
“I hope to think this will be the first of more resignations.
“Politicians need to have a backbone.”
Presenter Mark Dolan noted: “He’s the man who got Brexit done.”
Ms Webb continued: “Absolutely and this is going to be a huge blow for Boris.
“It’s going to be a reminder to other MPs that it is possible to have principles.”
Asked if Lord Frost could be a future Prime Minister, the commentator said: “Certainly for me, this has put him right to the very top of my ranking.”
Lord Frost thanked Mr Johnson and said “Brexit is now secure”, but he said: “The challenge for the Government now is to deliver on the opportunities it gives us.
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“You know my concerns about the current direction of travel.”
He also said he was sad the unlocking from Covid restrictions had not proved “irreversible” as promised and added: “I hope we can get back on track soon and not be tempted by the kind of coercive measures we have seen elsewhere.”
And he expressed his wish that the UK would become a “lightly regulated, low-tax” country.
In his reply, Mr Johnson he was “very sorry” to have received his resignation.
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Lord Frost’s departure was described as a “watershed moment” by prominent Brexiteer Tory Andrew Bridgen.
He told Times Radio it was a “devastating blow for the Government and the Prime Minister” and suggested that many Conservative colleagues would be considering the PM’s future over Christmas.
In a tweet, he added Mr Johnson was “running out of time and out of friends to deliver on the promises and discipline of a true Conservative Government”.
He said: “Lord Frost has made it clear, 100 Conservative backbenchers have made it clear, but most importantly so did the people of North Shropshire.”
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