Lord David Frost it to join the cabinet as a full member, effective 1st March 2021. He will be minister of state at the Cabinet Office, and it is widely reported that he is taking responsibility for the evolving relationship with the EU and its 27 members states, as far as trade is concerned.
In the UK-EU trade and co-operation agreement (TCA), there is a range of committees to bed in, and interpretations of the TCA to be agreed. Most sensitively, both sides are looking for a breakthrough in the arrangements for Northern Ireland, which Michael Gove said last week are not working at the moment.
The permanent appointment of Frost recognises that trade issues with Europe are far from over and will need careful management, not only with Brussels but with each of the 27 member states. In addition to making Northern Ireland work, the EU has to decide on data adequacy. In the engineering area, issues will include the sensitive national rules and approaches to circumstances around engineers’ travel without visas.
Frost is likely to come under increasing pressure to set out the UK government’s objectives with respect to Europe, now that the TCA is agreed. That is what businesses most want to hear.
A link to the government announcement can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/lord-frost-cmg-appointed-as-a-minister-of-state-in-the-cabinet-office