UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday announced that Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, will lead the country’s post-Brexit negotiations with the the European Union. The 46-year-old replaces Lord Frost, who resigned after a week political upheaval in the Conservative Party.
Liz Truss will have ministerial responsibility with the EU and will lead negotiations to resolve problems arising from provisions of the Brexit agreement covering trade with Northern Ireland, the Downing Street said in a statement.
Earlier this week, Frost submitted his resignation to Johnson expressing his concerns about the government’s “current direction of travel.’’
“I hope we will move as fast as possible to where we need to get to: a lightly regulated, low tax, entrepreneurial economy, at the cutting edge of modern science and economic change,” he wrote.
“Pleased to be taking on responsibility for the EU negotiations and wider relationship with the excellent Chris Heaton-Harris @chhcalling. Thanks to @morton_wendy for her great work and wishing her the best @transportgovuk,” Truss tweeted after the appointment.
Who is Liza Truss?
Elizabeth Truss aka Liza succeeded Dominic Raab to become the UK’s State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs in September 2021. The Conservative MP for south west Norfolk in 2010 also serves as the Minister for Women and Equalities.
Truss studied philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford.
She entered the Parliament in 2010 and was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare in September 2012. Truss served as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from July 2014 until July 2016.
She was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from July 2016 until June 2017 and Chief Secretary to the Treasury from June 2017 until July 2019.
Truss also worked as the Deputy Director at Reform and a commercial manager in the energy and telecommunications industry for 10 years.
She is married with two children.