Chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost appointed full member of Boris Johnson's Cabinet
Chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost has been made a full member of Boris Johnson's Cabinet.
Number 10 announced on Wednesday the former special adviser had been approved by the Queen as minister of state at the Cabinet Office, with the appointment taking effect from March 1.
The move comes just a month on from the announcement that Lord Frost would become the UK's Brexit and international policy representative to help with the implementation of the EU trade deal he negotiated.
Lord Frost tweeted: “I am hugely honoured to have been appointed minister to take forward our relationship with the EU after Brexit.
“In doing so I stand on the shoulders of giants & particularly those of Michael Gove, who did an extraordinary job for this country in talks with EU over the past year.”
This year alone Lord Frost has been made the chief Brexit negotiator, a Number 10 adviser on Brexit/international policy as well as national security adviser, though he did not take up the latter role.
Downing Street suggested Lord Frost would now lead the UK's institutional and strategic relationship with the EU and help drive through changes to "maximise the opportunities of Brexit”.
This will include co-ordinating relations with the EU institutions and the 27 member states, as well as working closely with other departments.
His role will also see him work on domestic reform and regulation, leading on central co-ordination and policy resolution for international trade policy.
Lord Frost will also replace Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove as UK chair of a separate committee in charge of implementing the Brexit divorce agreement.
The Prime Minister brought the Brexit negotiator to government as a £125,000-a-year special adviser before handing him a seat in the Lords last year.
He is one of only two unelected ministers in the full Cabinet, along with the Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Evans.
Lord Frost’s appointment sees him become the first peer who is not Leader of the Lords to serve in the Cabinet in more than ten years.
It will mean there are now 23 full Cabinet ministers, including the Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and party chairwoman.
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