15th September 2021, 17:23
Liz Truss, the UK's International trade secretary, has been promoted to Foreign Secretary, as Dominic Raab is moved to a new role as Deputy Prime Minister, Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.
The change were announced during a Cabinet Reshuffle Wednesday afternoon.
Liz Truss has been actively involved in negotiating a series of post-Brexit trade agreements. She is only the country's second ever female Foreign Secretary. She will also be keeping her portfolio as Minister for Women and Equalities.
Dominic Raab has been Foreign Secretary since 2019. In March last year he visited Gibraltar for the first Joint Ministerial Committee held on the Rock, in which he discussed a potential future EU treaty with the Chief Minister.
He becomes the first Deputy Prime Minister since the role was abolished following the departure of then Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg.
The Chief Minister has written to Mr Raab thanking him for his support in his time in office, in particular given his support for Gibraltar during the negotiations of the New Year’s Eve Agreement and the Covid pandemic, as well as helping secure the 500 million pound loan guarantee.
Fabian Picardo has also written to Ms Truss, thanking her for her support as International Trade Secretary and looking forward to working in partnership with her in the upcoming negotiation of a treaty between the UK and the European Union in relation to Gibraltar and as she takes on the wider role of leading the United Kingdom’s diplomacy around the world.