'Reset approach to protocol' Eastwood urges following Frost resignation

Commenting on the resignation of the British Government’s Brexit Minister David Frost this evening, Social Democratic and Labour Party Leader Colum Eastwood MP said:

“It is telling that in his resignation letter, David Frost failed to make even a cursory mention of Northern Ireland. The truth is that his approach to the negotiations over the operation of the protocol were aggressively influenced by narrow ideology, almost always at odds with the needs and wishes of people and businesses on this island. 

“The negotiations over the protocol cannot become a victim to the chaos at the heart of government in London. Frost’s resignation is an opportunity to reset the approach to the dialogue with the European Commission, to refresh the relationship with the EU and to return to the solutions that are presented to these challenges in the Good Friday Agreement.

“My clear view is that Boris Johnson’s days as British Prime Minister are numbered. He has lost control of his parliamentary party, Ministers are beginning to desert his government and his moral authority, if it ever existed, is in tatters. 

“The next phase of politics between and across these islands must be marked by a commitment to cooperation in the best interests of the people we represent.”

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