Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost to take over as national security adviser

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The replacement of Sir Mark Sedwill as national security adviser by Boris Johnson’s chief negotiator in Europe effectively sets a cut-off date for Brexit trade negotiations, said Downing Street last night.

David Frost, a career diplomat, will take up his new position in early September. This means that talks with Brussels on a free trade agreement must be completed by the end of August.

If no agreement is reached by then, the UK will leave without an agreement when the transition period ends on December 31. The government hopes that the delay will increase pressure on EU leaders to make concessions that would facilitate the conclusion of a free trade agreement.

The Prime Minister’s decision to appoint two successors to Sir Mark – a new national security adviser and a new secretary to the cabinet – aims to ensure that Britain can play a major role on the world stage.

British chief brexit negotiator David Frost (photo) will take up his duties as national security adviser from September, Boris Johnson confirmed today.

In another break with tradition, Mr. Frost is a political appointment rather than a public service – which means that he is more like a special adviser.

Considered a close associate of Dominic Cummings, the 55-year-old has no experience in national security. However, he will now be the prime advisor to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on national security strategy, policy and planning in the event of an emergency.

It is unclear who will take office as Secretary to the Cabinet from September, but Simon Case is strongly expected to prepare for a promotion. Mr. Case was appointed permanent secretary in No10 in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

Frost is currently the Prime Minister’s adviser for Europe and the UK’s chief negotiator, having previously served as special adviser to Johnson when he was foreign minister.

Speaking after his appointment was announced today, Mr Frost said that he “would of course remain the chief negotiator for EU talks and that this would remain my top priority until these negotiations be concluded, in one way or another ”.

Born in Derby, Mr. Frost won a scholarship to Nottingham High School before continuing his studies in French and history at St John’s College, Oxford. He joined the Foreign Office in 1987, his first posting taking him to the British High Commission in Cyprus.

Sir Mark Sedwill (photo), who is currently acting as NSA and Secretary to the Cabinet, announced that he will step down from his two roles later this year after more than 30 years of government service.

Sir Mark Sedwill (photo), who is currently acting as NSA and Secretary to the Cabinet, announced that he will step down later this year after more than 30 years of government service.

The Prime Minister's decision to appoint two successors to Sir Mark - a new national security adviser and a new secretary to the cabinet - aims to ensure that Britain can play a major role on the world stage.

The Prime Minister’s decision to appoint two successors to Sir Mark – a new national security adviser and a new secretary to the cabinet – aims to ensure that Britain can play a major role on the world stage.

In 1993 he had his first taste for working with the EU when he was posted to Brussels as first secretary for economic and financial affairs. He was then sent to the United Nations.

Between 2006 and 2008, he was Great Britain’s ambassador to Denmark before becoming the most senior British trade policy officer in the business department. He left the diplomatic service in 2013 to head the Scotch Whiskey Association – but when Mr. Johnson became secretary of foreign affairs, he returned to government as a special adviser.

He was also a member of the advisory board of Open Europe, a Eurosceptic think tank.

When Mr. Johnson became Prime Minister, Mr. Frost returned on board and duly negotiated the deal that allowed Britain to leave the EU in late January.

Speaking of his appointment, he said, “I am delighted and honored to have been appointed the next national security adviser. I look forward to helping to realize the Prime Minister’s vision for a global Britain, with real influence around the world.

Mr. Frost is currently the Prime Minister's Advisor to Europe and the United Kingdom's chief negotiator, having previously been Special Advisor to Mr. Johnson when he was Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Frost is currently the Prime Minister’s adviser for Europe and the UK’s chief negotiator, having previously served as Johnson’s special adviser when he was foreign minister.

Sir Mark (pictured with Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Matt Hancock and Therese Coffey) and Mr. Frost will be assigned peerages for life, elevating them to the House of Lords

Sir Mark (pictured with Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Matt Hancock and Therese Coffey) and Mr. Frost will be assigned peerages for life, elevating them to the House of Lords

“My goal is to help the Prime Minister define and defend a new strategic vision for Britain’s place in the world as an independent country after the end of the EU transition period as we strengthen our international relations.

“To do this effectively, we need to strengthen and refocus our international political apparatus, to keep pace with others around the world. The creation of the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is an important step in this regard.

“It is also essential to implement the integrated review of our international capacity and to ensure that we use the National Security Council to achieve its results. I look forward to leading the two.

“I will of course remain the chief negotiator for the talks with the EU and these will remain my top priority until these negotiations are concluded in one way or another. “

Announcing his appointment on Sunday, Johnson congratulated Frost as “an experienced diplomat, political thinker and experienced negotiator”.

“He negotiated the deal that ultimately allowed us to leave the EU in January and, in his new role, I am confident that he will make an equal difference in this country’s ability to project its influence for the better” , did he declare.

Pictured: Sir Mark with Prime Minister Boris Johnson inside 10 Downing Street in July of last year

Pictured: Sir Mark with Prime Minister Boris Johnson inside 10 Downing Street in July of last year

“I asked David to help me realize this government’s vision for Britain’s place in the world and to help me reinvigorate our national security architecture and ensure that we deliver for the British people on the international stage. “

Both Sir Mark and Mr. Frost will receive peerages for life, Downing Street confirmed, raising them to the House of Lords.

The news of her new job follows Angela Merkel’s warning that Britain will have to “live with the consequences” of Johnson’s plan to sever its close economic ties to the EU.

Deadlocked on whether Britain should comply with EU state aid rules and environmental, social and labor standards in exchange for a free trade agreement, the German Chancellor said: “We must abandon the idea that it is up to us to define what Britain should want. It is up to Britain to define – and we, the EU27, will respond appropriately. “

Frost will take over the role of NSA from Sir Mark, who was appointed by Theresa May in 2017 and appointed secretary to the cabinet a year later. He was allowed to keep the two jobs despite criticism.

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