Johnson appointed Secretary of State Brexit as negotiator

LONDON (AP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday the appointment of the British Foreign Secretary as the country’s leading negotiator with the European Union following the resignation of longtime ally David Frost after a week of political upheaval in the Conservative Party.

Liz Truss has ministerial responsibilities to the EU and is leading negotiations to resolve issues arising from the provisions of the Brexit Agreement, which cover trade with Northern Ireland, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

In his letter of resignation, Frost expressed concern about the government’s “current course of action”.

“I hope to move where we need it as soon as possible: a lightly regulated, low-tax, entrepreneurial economy, cutting-edge science and cutting-edge economic change,” he wrote.

Frost also expressed growing frustration with the conservative government’s tax policy and COVID-19.

Mail on Sunday, which broke the story of his resignation, said Frost’s decision was prompted by new pandemic restrictions imposed last week, including requiring people to show proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test when entering nightclubs and other crowded places.

In his resignation letter to Johnson, Frost said the UK must “learn to live with COVID. … In July, you took the bold decision to reopen the country with considerable opposition. Unfortunately, it did not turn out to be irreversible, as I wanted, and I believe you did too. I hope that we will soon be back on track and that we will not be tempted by coercive measures that we have seen elsewhere.

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Associated Press

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