Wednesday, January 19

UK. Brexit: Foreign Minister Liz Truss takes over David Frost’s files

British Foreign Minister Liz Truss was chosen on Sunday to take over post-Brexit issues after the resignation of Secretary of State for Brexit David Frost.

Head of British diplomacy since September, Liz Truss, 46, will lead negotiations with the European Union on the controversial protocol governing specific customs arrangements in Northern Ireland, according to a press release from the British Prime Minister. “Liz Truss will assume ministerial responsibility for relations with the European Union with immediate effect”, specifies the text.

Strong popularity among conservatives

After first defending staying in the European Union during the 2016 referendum, this former Minister of Foreign Trade had changed her mind, explaining that she saw Brexit as a source of economic opportunities. Liz Truss enjoys a strong popularity in the ranks of the conservative majority, to the point that her name regularly returns to succeed the Prime Minister.

Citing disagreements with the direction taken by Boris Johnson’s government, Brexit Secretary of State David Frost tendered his resignation on Saturday evening – precipitated by his revelation in the press – amid difficult negotiations with the EU over the implementation of the Northern Irish protocol were unsuccessful. They are due to resume in January.

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