There are clear signs of a Civil Service shake-up after Sir Mark Sedwill announced yesterday that he will be stepping down from his dual role as Cabinet Secretary and National Security Adviser.
David Frost, who has performed strongly as Boris Johnson’s EU negotiator, will take over the National Security role.
According to The Telegraph, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is keen to have a Brexiteer as the new Head of the Civil Service.
That report comes after Michael Gove, the Minister for the Cabinet Office who has been tasked with overhauling Whitehall structures, used a speech on Saturday to call for the Government to “be less southern, less middle class” and “closer to the 52% who voted to Leave and more understanding of why”.
Nigel Farage was among those who welcomed the announcement of Sir Mark Sedwill’s departure on Sunday, saying: “This is a really positive step forwards, the best news from the government for a while.”
Sir Mark’s exit follows on from a number of changes at the top of the Civil Service in recent months.
The Foreign Office’s most senior civil servant Sir Simon McDonald – seen as a Brexit critic – was told this month he had to step down before it was merged with the Department for International Development (DfID).
Meanwhile, Sir Philip Rutnam, who was the Home Office’s permanent secretary, quit earlier this year after accusing Home Secretary Priti Patel of a “vicious and orchestrated briefing campaign” against him.