GB News: Guest discusses Lord Frost and his resignation
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In his first interview since resigning as Britain’s Brexit Minister, Lord Frost, 56, has warned the Prime Minister to set the country’s current “direction of travel” in a bid to appeal to voters. He also called on Mr Johnson to “focus on rebuilding the nation” with an emphasis on “free markets, free debate and low taxes”.
Speaking exclusively to Mail on Sunday, he made clear that he does not want the Prime Minister to step down, but rather to change the people and policies around him.
He said: “What I think we need to do is be clearer about the direction of travel, clearer about how we’re going to get there.
“And I think the PM should trust his instincts a bit more.”
Criticising the current situation inside No10, Lord Frost advised Boris there needs to be “machinery changes and different voices”.
He continued: “The PM has a right, when he wants something to happen, for the levers that he pulls to actually produce something. And he has the right to the best possible advice around him.
“So I think there needs to be machinery changes and there probably need to be some different voices around him to make sure that he gets the best possible advice.”
Speaking on his own “manifesto” which he hopes the PM will adopt, Lord Frost warned the PM that the next election could be lost unless he “set the direction of travel”.
He said: “I think we need to focus on rebuilding the nation and be proud of our history.
“We need to get the country going economically again and that means free markets, free debate and low taxes.
“People need to look at this country and think, yes, something is changing here. You’ve got to set the direction of travel.
“If we’re going to get out of this little trough and win the election in a couple of years’ time, then we’ve got to develop that.”
The next general election is scheduled to be held on Thursday 2 May 2024.
In December last year, Brexit minister Lord Frost resigned from the UK government over “concerns about the current direction of travel”.
In a letter to Boris Johnson, the peer, who led Brexit negotiations, said he hoped the PM would “not be tempted” by “coercive measures” to tackle Covid.
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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss replaced Lord Frost as the UK’s lead negotiator with the EU in post-Brexit talks.
Ms Truss campaigned for Remain ahead of the 2016 EU referendum, saying continued membership of the EU was “in Britain’s economic interest”.
His resignation also came after a major by-election defeat for the Conservatives, losing the formerly safe seat of North Shropshire to the Liberal Democrats.
He wrote that Mr Johnson had been “an outstanding leader” during turbulence over Brexit, and the pair had a “close common understanding” on their aims in that area.
But after saying “Brexit is now secure”, he added: “You know my concerns about the current direction of travel.
“I hope we will move as fast as possible to where we need to get to: a lightly regulated, low-tax, entrepreneurial economy, at the cutting edge of modern science and economic change.”
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