LORD David Frost has unveiled a plan to save Boris Johnson and the Conservative party that involves reversing devolution.

Former Brexit negotiator Lord Frost wrote in The Telegraph that Johnson needs to “unite the kingdom” to keep his job as Prime Minister.

The senior Tory also said that the pandemic had shown the “nonsense” of having different rules in different parts of the UK.

Perhaps what will be most telling for supporters of devolution is that Frost has set out his plan of nullifying the powers of the UK's constituent nations as to save the country, the UK, and linking its fortunes not only with the current prime minister but the Conservative Party.

While disrespect towards Wales and Scotland will be highly contentious politically most controversial are his comments  of "re-establishing our sovereignty" in Northern Ireland given the complicated peace process in the island and UK committments in international agreeements.

Frost had been involved in the delicate negotiations over the EU land border in Ireland. 

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His comments also come as the latest flashpoint between the UK and the devolved adminstrations are moves to scrap Covid isolation rules in England and rumours that the free lateral flow test scheme will be dropped, with vulnerable people and healthcare staff forced to pay.

Writing in a new column, Frost set out his plan to “save Boris, the Conservative Party and the country” - with the first stage being “rebuilding the UK nation state as a collective endeavour for everyone in it”.

He wrote: “A country with self-respect cannot have its laws set by others.

Lord Frost's plan to save Boris Johnson would sacrifice devolution

David Frost set out his plan to save Johnson's job as PM in a new column

“We must therefore finish the business of re-establishing our sovereignty in Northern Ireland – step by step, if necessary, but with no doubt about the final goal.

“We should put an end to ‘devolve and forget’ in Scotland and Wales. Local decision-making is fine, but it should come within a sensible national framework.

“The pandemic made clear the nonsense of having four different travel and public health policies.”

The Welsh Government has since the Brexit vote sought to argue that a UK-wide framework on rules such as trade and support for agriculture, which all previously had to comply with EU-wide laws, should be determined by all four governments.

But it has repeatedly complained that Westminster has intended to impose rules from the centre and says it has done so.

Ignoring the outpouring of scandals and allegations of sleaze and corruption from Downing Street, Frost said not everything had gone wrong for Johnson’s administration.

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He wrote: “Admittedly, it has two huge achievements to its credit: getting us out of the EU, and delivering an exit from the pandemic without the coercive measures we have seen elsewhere.

“Merry England is one of the freest countries in the world.”

Frost also called for stopping “inward migration”, adding: “We must also be ready to insist that people who come here to live permanently should be committed to this country and determined to make it a success – to build a more cohesive Britain. This may require some difficult choices.”

The column has clearly placed the Conservative Party as English party flexing its strength as party of the largest UK nation.

When the former Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament were established by referendums in 1997 they were opposed by the Conservatives and the party's initial rejection of devolution was seen as having held it back in both country's during the early devolution period.

The Welsh Conservatives have in recent years, especially during the pandemic, been seen as lacking their own distinct voice and too eager to toe the line from Downing Street.

Though Boris Johnson led the Conservatives in 2019 to its highest number of Welsh seats in 40 years that was only 14 of 40 seats while in Scotland it won just six of 59 constituencies.

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SNP health spokesperson at Westminster, Martyn Day MP, hit back at Frost’s comments.

Lord Frost's plan to save Boris Johnson would sacrifice devolution

He told The National Scotland: "If we needed a reminder that Scotland, and the voices of the people that live here, are not priorities for the Westminster government then this is it.

“This is on top of the UK Government's plan to scrap free Lateral Flow Tests, despite the opposition and warnings from the Scottish and other devolved governments.

"The Scottish Government made it clear from the very start of the pandemic that a four-nations approach would be the best approach - but when the Boris Johnson's UK Government is recklessly taking steps that ignore the science and put people's lives at risks just to prevent Tory MPs from kicking him out of office, Scotland cannot be expected to blindly follow.

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"Scotland, under the SNP government, will continue to take a more cautious approach and follow the science to protect people."

Frost resigned from his role as Brexit negotiator, with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss stepping in to the role and in charge of heading talks with the EU over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Frost ruled out a return to the Cabinet as he opposes the incoming National Insurance hike brought in by Johnson.

A version of this article first appeared on our sister site The National Scotland.

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