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UK appoints Edward Llewellyn as new ambassador to Italy

The UK government has appointed Edward Llewellyn OBE as the new Ambassador to the Italian Republic and Non-Resident Ambassador to San Marino, replacing the currently serving Jill Morris CMG.

UK appoints Edward Llewellyn as new ambassador to Italy
Photo by STEPHANE MAHE / POOL / AFP

The former British Ambassador to France will take on his role as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Italy from February 2022, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office confirmed in a statement.

Llewellyn said that he was “honoured” to be appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Italy and San Marino and that he looks forward “to strengthening the close ties between our countries and to building on the excellent work of my predecessor”.

Italy’s new British Ambassador has reportedly been learning Italian for the past few months in preparation for his upcoming role.

The 56-year-old served as the British Ambassador to France from November 2016 to August 2021 and previously worked for the government in Bosnia and Hong Kong.

During his tenure in Paris, Llewellyn was grilled by an angry audience of Brits living in France, at a meeting in 2018 on post-Brexit rights.
 

France’s President Emmanuel Macron (L), flanked by former British ambassador to France Edward Llewellyn. (Photo by Etienne LAURENT / POOL / AFP)
 
He was reportedly heckled after promising British nationals in France that the then UK prime minister Theresa May had prioritised their continued rights once Brexit took place.
 
 
Llewellyn has been close to the Conservative party since he worked as Margaret Thatcher’s private secretary from 1990 – 1991.
 
He was also appointed as the chief of staff to fellow Etonian David Cameron while he was in opposition from 2005-2010, and continued as Cameron’s chief of staff until his resignation in 2016. Llewellyn was named a life peer in August in the 2016 Prime Minister’s Resignation Honours, receiving an OBE.
 
After attending Eton College, Llewellyn studied at New College, Oxford.
 
He and his wife Anne, a French national, have three children.
 
He replaces Jill Morris, who “will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment” after serving in the position since July 2016, the FCDO confirmed.
 
His predecessor was Britain’s first female Ambassador to Italy and San Marino. During her time in the role, Morris oversaw Brexit negotiations and served through the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
She saw five Italian governments during her term – led by Matteo Renzi, Paolo Gentiloni, the two led by Giuseppe Conte and finally that of the currently serving prime minister, Mario Draghi.
 
In 2015 she was awarded the CMG, or Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, for services to British foreign policy.
 
Speaking on the news of Llewellyn’s appointment, Morris wished him all the best as her successor with the Italian greeting, ‘buon lavoro‘.

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  1. it would be good to see one of these people do something about tourism and home owners in Italy being able to stay more than 90 days without having to invest 500,000 to do so!! After the worst decision in English politics – Brexit.

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Italy plans to stop ‘revolving door’ between judges and politicians

Italian lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a planned reform aimed at stopping the 'revolving door' between justice and government, as part of wider changes to the country's creaking judicial system.

Italy plans to stop 'revolving door' between judges and politicians

The proposed reform, which still has to be approved by the Italian Senate in the coming weeks, imposes significant limitations on the number of magistrates, prosecutors and judges looking to go into politics – a frequent move in Italy.

Under the submitted changes, a magistrate wishing to stand for election, whether national, regional or local, will not be able to do so in the region where they have worked over the previous three years.

At the end of their mandate, magistrates who have held elective positions will not be able to return to the judiciary – they will be moved to non-jurisdictional posts at, for example, the Court of Auditors or the Supreme Court of Cassation, according to local media reports.

Furthermore, magistrates who have applied for elective positions but have not been successful for at least three years will no longer be able to work in the region where they ran for office. 

The reform is part of a wider programme of changes to Italy’s tortuous judicial system. This is required by the European Commission to unlock billions of euros in the form of post-pandemic recovery funds.

Public perception of the independence of Italian courts and judges is among the worst in Europe, according to the EU’s justice scoreboard.

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