Sedwill holds this role, as does the secretary to the cabinet, the highest position in the public service, but will not be a candidate for two jobs over the summer, after weeks of targeted briefings.
The search for a new cabinet secretary will begin next month. But, Boris Johnson, has already said that the new national security adviser will be David Frost, who is currently head of government a brexit negotiator with the EU.
While previously a long-time diplomat, the Gel has no direct experience with security matters. Also, unlike Sedwill and all the other national security advisers since the role was created in 2010, the Gel is not an official, but an appointment policy.
Gus O’Donnell, a former cabinet secretary, said on Monday that politicians were “more likely to be yes men”, told the BBC: “I am worried about the appointment of David Frost adviser to the national security, because I’m not entirely sure how to put a special adviser in this role. ”
The freeze will also be a peer. Monday, Downing Street was unable to say whether he was going to take the Whip Curator or speak in the Lords.
Interior Minister Nick Thomas-Symonds’s Shadow Work got an urgent question in the House of Commons on Tuesday about Frost’s appointment.
He said: “We are in the midst of an unprecedented scale in the event of an international crisis. It is very unusual for the government to have proceeded in this way, seem to rush through a policy of appointment to a very important role which must provide impartial expert advice.
“There are a number of vital questions that need to be addressed, such as what criteria were used to select a candidate, and this process was followed when the appointment was made.”
Downing Street has dismissed the accusation that Sedwill was forced out of the two jobs after two years by Johnson and his chief counselor, Dominique Cummings. Johnson’s spokesman declined to say Frost had been chosen primarily because he would be loyal to the MP. “No, absolutely not,” he said.Asked about the freeze on political status, the spokesperson compared the choices made in places like the United States: “It is not uncommon for other countries – ambassadors to serve as national security advisers and ambassadors can be political appointments. David Frost has the status of an ambassador. ”
At the time of the Sedwill departure, he said that the response to coronavirus had reached the phase of “domestic and global recovery and revival”, and that Johnson needed a cabinet secretary and national security adviser “Who can see through the rest of this parliament”.
But writing in the Guardian, Bob Kerslake, a former head of the public service, said the practice of governments briefing officials of “cowardly, unjust and undermines”.
Kerslake added: “Ultimately everyone knows where malicious briefings are coming from and it is in the forefront of the minister’s power to stop him.”
Speaking during a visit to a school in London, Johnson sought to move away from the briefing against Sedwill, saying: “There are a lot of things coming out in the documents to which I would not automatically attach the utmost faith. ”
Keir Starmer, the union leader, says Ciel, it was “obvious” Johnson wanted to oust Sedwill: “Why you do it in the midst of a pandemic and a crisis rather than actually focusing on the crisis, is an issue that the Prime Minister must respond. ”
He also has concerns about the decision. Principal Tory Simple MP George Freeman tweeted that it made sense to split Sedwill into two rolesand to add: “But a huge loss to lose Mark Sedwill, who is a prominent civil servant with great experience as a representative of the state in the midst of this crisis.”
The freeze will take on a new role at the end of August, which means that it is a new effective deadline for a brexit of talks with the EU, which he is leading, to have concluded by then a little after. Johnson spokesman said the UK had already been clear the talks “must be ended sooner rather than later”.
The recruitment process for the new permanent secretary will begin in early July, with applications to be invited to the existing and former chief of officials in ministries, known as permanent secretaries.