Senior advisor Ivan Rogers named UK ambassador to EU
One of Prime Minister David Cameron's most senior advisors is to become Britain's ambassador to the European Union, his office said on Wednesday, taking on the task of helping to renegotiate London's ties with the bloc before a possible in/out referendum.
Former Treasury official Ivan Rogers, Cameron's advisor on the EU and global issues, will be handed one of the toughest jobs in diplomacy at an historic point in Britain's often tortured relationship with its biggest trading partner.
Rogers, who has also worked as Britain's G8 "sherpa", will replace Jon Cunliffe, the outgoing UK Permanent Representative to the EU, who becomes Deputy Governor of the Bank of England in November.
"Ivan has done an absolutely first class job in recent years, both as the G8 sherpa and also as the lead advisor here in Whitehall on European issues," Cameron's spokesman told reporters. "He has very strong credentials for the move."
Rogers' replacement as Cameron's Europe advisor will be Tom Scholar, a senior civil servant who has worked as his G20 sherpa - an official who prepares the negotiating ground before leaders take part in international summits.
Cameron alarmed some European allies in January when he announced plans to try to reach a new settlement with the EU and then hold a vote on Britain's membership of the bloc before the end of 2017.