Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson welcomes Sir Tim Barrow as the UK’s Permanent Representative to the European Union….reports Asian Lite News
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has welcomed the appointment of Sir Tim Barrow as the UK’s Permanent Representative to the European Union following the announcement by No 10.
Sir Ivan Rogers stood down on Tuesday, just before weeks of the Government’s deadline for invoking Article 50 and starting negotiations to leave the EU.
The Government said only that Rogers had “taken this decision now to enable a successor to be appointed before the UK invokes Article 50 by the end of March”.
“Tim Barrow has been invaluable since I joined the Foreign Office in July and I want to personally thank him for his relentless energy, wise counsel and steadfast commitment, Mr Johnson said in a statement. “He is just the man to get the best deal for the UK and will lead UKRep with the same skill and leadership he has shown throughout his career. I wish him all the best.”
Rogers, who became ambassador in 2013, previously earned the ire of Brexiters by saying it would take a decade to negotiate Britain’s departure from the union.
Meanwhile, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has called for a “clear-out” of the Foreign Office because it is too committed to the EU.
On Channel 4 News, Farage said Rogers “can’t accept the result [of the Brexit referendum]” and should have stood down the day after it.
He told Jon Snow: “I don’t think we should have diplomats who are committed to Britain being part of the European Union, who can’t accept the result and who in a desperately negative way, as Sir Ivan did, say it could take ten years to renegotiate a deal with the European Union.
“That is no use to us at all. And frankly he should have gone when David Cameron did the day after the referendum.”
He added the Foreign Office had been “the lead vehicle for deeper European integration”.
He said: “I’ve served for 17 years in Brussels. I had a lot to do with the Foreign Office over those years. There’s never been any attempt at neutrality. They were frankly a part of the problem and I think that marks a wonderful moment for a complete change of direction,”
“No organisation has done more than to give away our democratic rights than the Foreign Office. They’ve been doing it for decades and I very much hope that Sir Ivan is the first of many to go.”