Leo Varadkar hits back at Boris Johnson’s former adviser after he says UK government always planned to ditch parts of the agreementCummings says UK always intended to ditch NI protocolEU ready to scrap most post-Brexit checks on British goodsWhat next for the Northern Ireland protocol?Frost: failure to rip up protocol would be ‘historic misjudgment’In his morning interviews Oliver Dowden, the Conservative party co-chair, also claimed that the backlock at Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port, was “improving” and that he was “confident that people will be able to get their toys for Christmas”. My colleague Joanna Partridge has the story here.Boris Johnson is still on holiday in Spain, and the Daily Mirror has splashed on a picture of him painting at Lord Goldsmith’s luxury villa, where he is staying.We need prime ministerial leadership on this, I think this is really important. Nobody begrudges the prime minister having a holiday every so often. But I just remember that G20 summit that Gordon Brown was in charge of around the financial crisis. I can’t imagine him touring the beaches, two weeks before the summit. He would have been touring the world.