Brexit controversy as Sir Tim Barrow is given EU ambassador role

Brexit campaigners are split over the appointment of a career diplomat to take over as the UK’s ambassador to the European Union. Former ambassador to Russia Sir Tim Barrow was chosen by Theresa May to succeed Sir Ivan Rogers, who unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday - just weeks before formal Brexit negotiations are due to begin. His appointment was largely welcomed by many prominent Leave and Remain supporters, but former UKIP leader Nigel Farage was among the first to criticise the appointment.

Good to see that the Government have replaced a knighted career diplomat with… a knighted career diplomat.

Ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage

Sir Ivan sent shockwaves through the political establishment with a scathing resignation email to his staff, in which he accused Number 10 of “ill-founded arguments and muddled thinking” over leaving the EU. Confirming his replacement, Downing Street said Sir Tim was a “seasoned and tough negotiator” who will help the Government make a success of Brexit.

I look forward to joining the strong leadership team at the Department for Exiting the EU and working with them and the talented staff at UKRep to ensure we get the right outcome for the United Kingdom as we leave the EU.

Sir Tim Barrow