Britain moves to appoint new EU envoy

Thursday, 5 January, 2017 - 16:00

Britain is to appoint career diplomat Tim Barrow to replace Ivan Rogers, its top envoy at the EU who quit this week with a blistering attack on the government's plans to leave the bloc.

No official comment was immediately available.

Barrow, a former ambassador to Moscow, will play a key role in the UK's Brexit negotiations.

He was Britain's ambassador to Moscow until 2015 and in March 2016 became political director at the Foreign Office. He has formerly acted as first secretary at UKRep, the effective British embassy in Brussels.

Barrow's appointment, if confirmed, will mark a swift transition after Rogers' high-profile resignation.