Boris Johnson has been dealt a severe blow following the sensational resignation of Cabinet Minister Lord Frost, which has sparked discussions among Conservative MPs about the Government’s direction over Covid, taxes and green policies.
Lord Frost, who negotiated Britain’s departure from the EU as Brexit Minister, is understood to have handed his resignation to the Prime Minister a week ago, but was persuaded by Mr Johnson to stay in his post until January.
Following the The Mail on Sunday’s exclusive, Lord Frost has brought forward his departure from next month and instead agreed to ‘step down with immediate effect’, sending a hurried letter of resignation to the Prime Minister outlining his ‘concerns about the current direction of travel’.
A senior Government source said Lord Frost’s departure had been prompted by the introduction of ‘Plan B’ Covid measures, including vaccine passports. But that was just the final straw after months of growing discontent over tax rises and the staggering cost of ‘net zero’ environmental policies.
Conservative MPs are increasingly talking about a challenge to the Prime Minister’s leadership within the next six months, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss leading the field of contenders.
Messages from a Whatsapp group of more than 100 Tory MPs titled ‘Clean Global Brexit’, reveal Andrew Bridgen describing the move as a ‘disaster’ while Theresa Villiers calls it ‘very worrying’, Sky News reports.
Culture minister Nadine Dorries described Mr Johnson as a ‘hero’ and then appears to be removed from the group before Steve Baker writes ‘Enough is enough’.
In his letter, released by Downing Street, Lord Frost praised Mr Johnson’s work to implement the EU referendum result, but added: ‘Brexit is now secure. The challenge for the Government now is to deliver on the opportunities it gives us.
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