In a blow to Mr Farage, the Government will only accept applicants who have previous experience within the civil service. The Brexit Party leader had been touted as a potential successor to Sir Kim Darroch given his close relationship with US President Donald Trump.
Sir Kim left the position last July following the leak of a memo where he termed Donald Trump’s administration as “inept”.
The post has been vacant since then but the Prime Minister’s official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: “The Foreign Office has this afternoon begun the process of recruiting the UK’s ambassador to the United States and has published the job advertisement today on the civil service’s own jobs portal.
“Ministers believe that the right candidate will be a successful leader with proven experience of working with the Government on the broad range of issues that our bilateral relationship with the US covers and therefore can be found from within the civil service.”
Following the release of the memo, Trump claimed his administration could no longer work with the ambassador.
Nigel Farage: Brexit Party snubbed for ambassorial role (Image: GETTY)
Nigel Farage: The Government is looking for someone with experience in the civil service (Image: GETTY)
The fallout from the resignation gathered backlash back in the UK too as some officials criticised Boris Johnson for the lack of support for the diplomat.
Speaking at the time, Europe minister Sir Alan Duncan criticised the future Prime Minister for not defending Sir Kim.
Sir Alan added: “He’s basically thrown this fantastic diplomat under a bus to serve his own personal interests.”
Although the position has been advertised, there has been no confirmation as to when it will be filled.
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