Posted on Jun 28, 2020
Britain’s most senior civil servant, Mark Sedwill, has stepped down as part of what some observers say is an expected wider shake up of officials to better deliver on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s agenda.
Johnson’s senior political adviser, Dominic Cummings, has long been critical of the civil service, saying government is not nimble enough to deliver change. Some newspapers reported he warned aides last week that a “hard rain is going to fall”.
Sedwill will be replaced in his role as national security advisor by David Frost, UK chief negotiator in the ongoing post-Brexit trade deal talks.
This is an unusual and controversial appointment because Frost is a political appointment, a special adviser, in his current role, and will continue as a political adviser rather than becoming a member of the civil service.
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