British Ambassador to Brazil to join Brexit Department

Brasil Observer - Dec 06 2016
Ambassador Alex Ellis

(Leia em Português)


Invited to be part of the team that will negotiate the UK exit from the European Union, the current British Ambassador to Brazil, Alex Ellis is leaving the post after three and a half years working in Brasília. Ellis has been appointed Director General at the Department for Exiting the European Union and will take up his new role in January 2017.

“It’s been a great honour to serve as British Ambassador to Brazil. I have loved both the country and the work that has been given to me. I now face a new challenge, taking with me many happy friends and memories of my time in Brazil,” says Ambassador Alex Ellis in an official statement.

In recent years, Brazil and the UK have intensified their bilateral relations, with annual strategic dialogues between Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Commerce. In addition, the number of Brazilian investment projects in the UK has tripled in the last three years. More than 20,000 Britons visited Brazil during the World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Regarding education, the UK was the second most sought after country for students in the Science without Borders project. These are just a few examples of how Brazil is strategically important to the UK.

Dr Vijay Rangarajan CMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil in succession to Mr Alexander Ellis. Dr Rangarajan will take up his appointment in Spring 2017.