The Prime Minister has reversed his intention to make Lord Frost his national security advisor and named a mandarin to the Ministry of Defense, signaling an end to Whitehall’s “hard rain.”
Boris Johnson announced that the peer, who led his negotiations on the UK’s exit from the EU and the subsequent bilateral trade deal, would instead become a representative for Brexit and international policy.
The step followed a backlash when Lord Frost was first announced last June as Mr Johnson’s option for one of the government’s most senior security positions, with critics complaining about his lack of expertise in the sector.
The decision to name a political advisor rather than a trained civil servant was also raised by Eyebrows. At the time, critics pointed to the presence of Dominic Cummings, then chief advisor to the Prime Minister, who is said to have warned that “hard rain” will fall on Whitehall.