What You Need To Know About Our "Fearless" New EU Ambassador

4 January 2017, 18:27

Sir Tim Barrow

...by his former boss!

Sir Tim Barrow's Former Boss On Why He'll Be "Fearless"

Everything you needed to know about our new Ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow.

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Charles Crawford, a former ambassador and diplomacy expert, worked with Sir Tim Barrow back in the 1990s.

Crawford gave Iain Dale a full appraisal of Barrow's talents and political past.

"Tim will be fearless in putting the choices to ministers," he promised. "But they have to take the decisions."

It's a fascinating insight into the man reportedly taking over from Sir Ivan Rogers, who quit in controversial fashion this week.

"He's someone who's very practical, who will give ministers a very blunt assessment...he won't pull his punches.

"Having someone with a diplomatic sensibility, quiet advice with how to get on with people...is a good thing really."

Crawford continued: "He's quite business-like...if you have to choose someone for this job, he is probably - given where we are - as good as it gets.

"He's charming, but he's not soft. He's not someone who's going to dither.

"Tim is popular and sensibile - and good!"

Listen back to Charles' full interview here:

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