London, Feb 17 (EFE) .- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday appointed his former Brexit negotiator, David Frost, a member of his cabinet without a portfolio with the task of directing relations with the European Union.
Frost will chair the Joint Committee established by London and Brussels to monitor compliance with the exit agreement of the community bloc, which deals with, among other aspects, the thorny issue of customs controls in Northern Ireland, Downing Street detailed in a statement, the office officer of the head of government.
He will also lead the British part of the so-called Association Council, set up to guarantee the terms of the commercial relationship between both sides of the English Channel that were agreed on on December 24.
Frost will hold regular meetings with the Vice President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations, Maros Sefcovic, in charge of both bodies on the community side.
“I am enormously honored to have been appointed to the Cabinet to carry forward our relationship with the European Union post-Brexit,” Johnson’s new Cabinet member said on Twitter.
He noted that he relies “on the shoulders of giants” to carry out his task and stressed that the Cabinet Minister, Michael Gove, has done an “extraordinary job” in having led institutional contacts with Brussels in recent months.
In July 2019, Johnson appointed Frost as his chief Brexit negotiator, replacing Olly Robbins, who had held the reins of the dialogue until then, under former Prime Minister Theresa May.
His attributions from now on will not be limited to presiding over the joint bodies to monitor the terms of the agreements reached, but will also coordinate the relations of the British Government with the institutions of Brussels and the 27 member states of the bloc. EFE
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