Amid an announced government “reset” as Britain emerges from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic to shift focus onto post-Brexit issues, the UK’s head of the civil service Sir Mark Sedwill has announced he will stand down in September, stating he would resign from the positions of Cabinet Secretary and National Security Adviser.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made conciliatory gestures by promising Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill that as part of his exit package, he will nominate him for the post of NATO’s next secretary-general, reports The Times.
Although securing the NATO position was presented by Johnson as a critically important part of his “Global Britain” agenda, senior Whitehall sources were cited as saying that they also doubted the likelihood of the Prime Minister following through on his promise.
The top-ranking NATO position is currently occupied by Jens Stoltenberg, who became NATO Secretary General in October 2014.
The post is only anticipated to be vacated at the end of 2022, as in December 2017 NATO allies extended Stoltenberg’s term as Secretary-General of the Western military alliance, granting the former Norwegian prime minister a six-year mandate in the top job.
Another source claimed that one potential obstacle is the fact that Sedwill may find it a challenge to secure the support of other European NATO members.
The top NATO position is believed to also be sought by Dutch…