Resigning with immediate effect on Saturday, the Conservative peer expressed “concerns about the current direction of travel” on the EU exit and told Boris Johnson that “we also need to learn to live with Covid”.
“I hope we can get back on track soon and not be tempted by the kind of coercive measures we have seen elsewhere,” Lord Frost added. He also expressed his desire for the UK to become a “lightly regulated, low-tax” economy.
The politician’s resignation was despite him previously agreeing to step down from the role in January.
The Liberal Democrats’ foreign affairs spokesperson, Layla Moran, made similar remarks: “The Tories are tearing themselves apart under Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister is more interested in setting his leadership rivals up to fail than doing what’s right for the country.
“Liz Truss has shown time and again that she doesn’t care about the national interest – she’s only interested in appealing to Conservative party members. That is a disgrace.”
Meanwhile, Labour’s shadow Brexit minister Baroness Jenny Chapman said: “After the past few days of chaos at the heart of Government, I congratulate Liz Truss on her appointment as lead negotiator with the EU on the Northern Ireland Protocol.”
Twitter users also heaped on the ridicule:
Liz Truss has got to be the most overpromoted person in the history of all history since records began