"...the wish for improved relations with France was primarily but a fresh manifestation of the general tendency of British Governments to take advantage of every opportunity to approach more closely to the ideal condition of living in honourable peace with all other States." (The Eyre Crowe Memorandum, 1907)


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David Frost left the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in late 2013 after 25 years in the UK's Diplomatic Service, specialising primarily in the European Union, global economic and commercial issues, and multilateral diplomacy. His day job is now as CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association, one of Britain's premier trade associations. He is based in Edinburgh.

He joined the Foreign Office in 1987 and shortly after was posted to the British High Commission in Nicosia where he learned Greek and was responsible for covering Greek Cypriot politics and the Cyprus problem. In 1993 he was posted to the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels as First Secretary for Economic and Financial Affairs, where he worked on issues such as the EU Budget, the economic and financial implications of enlargement to Central Europe, and the Euro. He was then posted to the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York, where he covered human rights and social and economic affairs.

He returned to London to be successively the Private Secretary to the Head of the Diplomatic Service, Sir John (now Lord) Kerr, and Deputy Head of the European Union External Department, covering international trade policy issues and relations with the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

He was posted as Economic Counsellor to the British Embassy in Paris in 2001, where he was responsible for reporting and lobbying on all aspects of French economic and commercial life, together with its EU policy.

He then held a series of senior roles:

- from 2003-6 he was Head of the EU (Internal Department) and then Director for the European Union in the Foreign Office. In this period he led work on a range of economic and social issues, notably the resistance to the Working Time Directive, and the negotiation on the EU's multiannual Budget framework. He was part of the UK's leadership team during the EU Presidency in 2005;

- from 2006 to 2008 he was the British Ambassador to Denmark;

- from 2008 to 2010 he was the Foreign Office's Director for Strategy and Policy Planning;

- finally, from 2010 to 2013 he was "on loan" to the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills where he served three years as Britain's most senior trade policy official and Full Member of the EU's Trade Policy Committee, as Director for Europe, Trade, and International Affairs.

He speaks to differing degrees French, German, Danish, Greek, Russian, and Spanish.

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