UK's Brexit negotiator appointed head of new international policy unit in No 10

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and the British Prime Minister's Europe ad

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and the British Prime Minister's Europe adviser David Frost pose for a photograph in March (Photo by OLIVIER HOSLET/POOL/AFP via Getty Images). - Credit: POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Former chief Brexit negotiator David Frost has been appointed as the head of a new International Policy Unit in No 10, the prime minister has announced.

Lord Frost had been due to be the new National Security Adviser, a role which will instead be filled by Sir Stephen Lovegrove – the permanent secretary to the Ministry of Defence.

Boris Johnson said in a statement: “I am hugely grateful to Lord Frost for his herculean efforts in securing a deal with the EU, and I am thrilled that he has agreed to be my representative for Brexit and International Policy as we seize the opportunities from our departure from the EU.

“I am also delighted to appoint Sir Stephen Lovegrove as my National Security Adviser. Stephen brings with him a wealth of experience from across Whitehall and in National Security and I look forward to working closely together to deliver this government’s vision for the UK in the world.”

Lord Frost’s appointment to the key post of National Security Adviser led to criticism because, unlike previous holders of the post, he is a political adviser rather than a career civil servant, and lacks security experience.

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Lord Frost said: “I am delighted to take up this new role as the prime minister’s representative on Brexit and International Policy. With a new agreement with the EU in place, we have huge opportunities to boost our wealth and define what we stand for as a country internationally, and I very much look forward to supporting the prime minister on this.”

Sir Stephen Lovegrove commented: “It has been an immense privilege to serve as the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Defence for the past five years. Working with the whole force – our armed forces, both regular and reserve, civil servants, our suppliers and everyone that makes up the defence community – has been an honour.

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“I am delighted now to be taking up the role of the National Security Adviser. On this broader canvas I aim to deliver the prime minister’s vision for an enhanced and more engaged role for the UK in the world, leading the national security community to embrace the opportunities now available to us, while ensuring we are well prepared to deal with the challenges we face.”

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