Boris Johnson makes his prime Brexit adviser Lord Frost a Cupboard minister simply weeks after dropping plans to make him Nationwide Safety Adviser
- Lord Frost is to change into a minister within the Cupboard Workplace, Downing St mentioned
- Comes weeks after PM axed plans to make him the Nationwide Safety Adviser
- Frost is ex-ambassador to Denmark and as soon as led the Scotch Whisky Affiliation
Lord Frost, who oversaw negotiations with the EU that led to December’s historic settlement, is to change into a minister within the Cupboard Workplace.
Downing Street mentioned he can be a ‘full member of Cupboard’ in his new position, which comes simply weeks after the Prime Minister axed plans to make him the Nationwide Safety Adviser.
It’s a meteoric rise for the previous ambassador to Demmark, who was a particular adviser to Mr Johnson when he was foreign secretary.
Lord Frost as we speak praised his new boss on the Cupboard Workplace, tweeting: ‘I’m massively honoured to have been appointed Minister to take ahead our relationship with the EU after Brexit.
‘In doing so I stand on the shoulders of giants and notably these of Michael Gove who did a unprecedented job for this nation in talks with EU over the previous 12 months.’
Lord Frost was on account of be the UK’s subsequent Nationwide Safety Adviser however Boris Johnson as we speak introduced he has modified his thoughts
It’s a meteoric rise for the previous ambassador to Demmark, who was a particular adviser to Mr Johnson when he was international secretary
Lord Frost The peer had served as Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator since July 2019 and led the UK group within the commerce talks with Brussels that reached a profitable conclusion in December.
He was solely made a peer in August final 12 months, after it had been introduced the earlier June he would change into NSA.
However the Authorities unexpectedly introduced in January that the peer would as a substitute change into Mr Johnson’s Consultant for Brexit and Worldwide Coverage and head a brand new Worldwide Coverage Unit in Number 10.
Sir Stephen Lovegrove, who has been Everlasting Secretary to the Ministry of Defence since April 2016, was appointed as Nationwide Safety Adviser as a substitute and is because of begin on the finish of March.
The announcement again in June that Lord Frost would take over from the departing Sir Mark Sedwill as Nationwide Safety Adviser promoted a wave of criticism.
Ex-PM Theresa Might led the backlash towards the appointment as she slammed Mr Johnson for selecting an in depth political aide for the position.
Mrs Might, who had appointed Sir Mark to the job when she was premier, mentioned Lord Frost was ‘a political appointee with no confirmed experience’.
The previous ambassador and whisky buff lured again into Authorities to work for Boris
Lord Frost had served because the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator since July 2019, having beforehand served as a particular adviser to Boris Johnson when he was International Secretary.
He led the UK group throughout commerce talks with Brussels which got here to a profitable conclusion in December final 12 months.
With the commerce deal now within the books, he had been on account of change into Nationwide Safety Adviser within the coming weeks however he’ll now be sticking with the Brexit temporary.
Born in Derby, Mr Frost gained a scholarship to Nottingham Excessive College earlier than occurring to review French and historical past at St John’s School, Oxford. He joined the International Workplace in 1987, along with his first posting taking him to the British Excessive Fee in Cyprus.
In 1993 he skilled his first style of working with the EU when he was posted to Brussels as first secretary for financial and monetary affairs. He was then despatched to the United Nations.
Between 2006 and 2008 he was Britain’s ambassador to Denmark earlier than turning into the UK’s most senior commerce coverage official within the enterprise division. He left the diplomatic service in 2013 to move the Scotch Whisky Affiliation – however when Mr Johnson grew to become international secretary he returned to authorities as his particular adviser.
He additionally served as a member of the advisory council of Open Europe, a Eurosceptic think-tank.
When Mr Johnson grew to become Prime Minister, Mr Frost got here again on board and duly negotiated the deal which enabled Britain to depart the EU on the finish of January final 12 months earlier than then transferring onto to commerce discussions with the bloc.