Senior comms chief on temporary secondment to UKRep as Brexit negotiations get tough

One of the government's most experienced comms chiefs has been dispatched to tackle the challenges of communicating Britain's position in Europe.

The UK is bolstering its team for EU negotiations in Brussels (image via @ukineu on Twitter)
The UK is bolstering its team for EU negotiations in Brussels (image via @ukineu on Twitter)

Ray Tang, the head of media relations at the Department for Exiting the EU (Dexeu), has been appointed temporary UK Spokesperson at the UK Representation to the EU (UKRep).

He started his new role this week amid increasing tensions between Britain and the EU over Brexit.

The past few days have seen the negotiations threaten to descend into a slanging match, with Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, vowing to "teach the British people and others what leaving the EU means" and being accused by Brexit secretary David Davis of taking a "silly approach".

Tang has worked in government comms for 15 years, holding a number of senior roles at the Home Office, Department for Education, and Ministry of Justice.

He has been seconded from his current position at Dexeu until the middle of next month and will be based in Brussels for at least four days a week.

News of his new job comes as Foreign Office official Amanda Archer has stepped down as deputy spokesperson at UKRep to return to the UK where she will take on a new role at the Home Office.

It is not yet known when Alexandra Knapton, the UK Spokesperson at UKRep, will return from maternity leave, and a replacement for Archer has yet to be announced.

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