Didn’t understand! Frost ‘needs to have a word with himself’ over Brexit, Britons fume

Brexit: Frost says 'we drifted away from those who elected us'

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The negotiator has heavily criticised the Prime Minister since leaving his role, blasting red tape blocking international trade. Since the implementation of the agreed negotiations on January 1, the UK must abide by full customs checks and import declarations on products arriving into Britain from the European Union. The deal saw extra paperwork for importers and exporters of goods, which Lord Frost claims he opposed and was overruled on by the Government.

Venting their frustration at Lord Frost, Express.co.uk readers did not hold back on defending the PM and questioning the former minister.

One commentator suggested Lord Frost “agreed on a deal that he didn’t understand”.

Taking the debate further, EyeRoll said: “Mr Frost negotiated it, [if] Lord Frost now doesn’t like it he should have a word with himself.”

Another commenter said: “Person who negotiated deal is really annoyed with the person who negotiated the deal.”

Also pointing the finger at Lord Frost, Fubw said: “How can Frost complain about the Red tape?

“Didn’t he make it and supply it by the truckload in the first place!”

Many readers were concerned Brexit had led to this point.

John Pettitt said “We never voted for a deal and therein lies the problem”, suggesting many pro-Brexit voices were in favour of a hard exit.

Sharing concerns of a worrying future, LestWeForget said: “Now that Frost is gone we have Rees-Mogg as minister of Brexit opportunities.

“Truly funny.”

Speaking of the discomfort being felt from the deal, Hewls studied the impact on truck drivers.

He said: “The Brexit delays are being reported as up to two to three hours. It’s not. Speak to lorry and van drivers, it’s up to about 11 hours.

“Our ports don’t have the capacity or infrastructure to cope with this disastrous Brexit.

“Why didn’t we do what Farage, Gove, Johnson, Hannan, Fox, and Stewart promised… remain in the Single Market.”

This was backed up by several suggestions Brexit had ruined Britain’s smaller businesses.

Thermodynamics said: “Do any of you Brexiteers have any remorse for wrecking so many small English export businesses with your asinine nonsense?”

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Another also drew up a mini-timeline of how Lord Frost dealt with Brexit, and how it had gone wrong.

Simanpieman said: “This dawning realisation that Brexit is nothing but a complete drag on the UK has been a long time coming.

“I’m disgusted that we have to keep hearing from the unelected bureaucrat who actually negotiated the deal, criticised it when the reality of it became clear and then resigned when he could see he was going to get the blame.

“This is such a disaster. I won’t say we all told you this would happen…but we did.”

The Public Accounts Committee revealed a damning report on the impact of the border checks agreed in the negotiations.

In its report, the PAC says since the end of the transition period on December 31, 2020, UK trade volumes have been suppressed by the impact of COVID-19 and wider global pressures.

It also added: “But it is clear that EU exit has had an impact, and that new border arrangements have added costs to business.”

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Dame Meg Hillier MP, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said: “One of the great promises of Brexit was freeing British businesses to give them the headroom to maximise their productivity and contribution to the economy,

“Even more desperately needed now on the long road to recovery from the pandemic.

“Yet the only detectable impact so far is increased costs, paperwork and border delays.”

Responding to the PAC report, a Government spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Traders have adapted well to the introduction of full customs controls on January 1, with minimal disruption at the border and inbound freight flowing effectively through ports.

“We are continuing to ensure that businesses get the support they need to trade effectively with Europe and seize new opportunities as we strike trade deals with the world’s fastest-growing markets, including one-to-one advice through the free-to-use Export Support Service.”

The latest UK trade statistics covering November 2021 show exports to EU nations were five percent higher in the first 11 months of 2021 compared to the equivalent period in 2020.

However, given the impact of the global pandemic, it is still too early to draw any firm conclusions on the long-term impacts of our new trading relationship with the EU.

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