THE boss of MI6 is poised to stay in his role beyond his scheduled departure date this year because of Brexit, it was claimed last night.
Alex Younger is due to step down in November after spending the usual five years in the job of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency.
Chief of MI6 Alex Younger is poised to stay in his role for two more years[/caption]
But according to The Times he is now expected to remain in the post to provide the secret service with the stability it might need in the event of upheaval triggered by Britain’s departure from the EU.
Whitehall chiefs want Mr Younger, 55, to remain in charge of MI6 – which deals with threats to the UK from abroad – for a further 12-24 months after Brexit, the newspaper reports.
That would make him the longest-serving MI6 chief since the 1960s.
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A former senior Whitehall official said the usual five-year stint that MI6 bosses – known as ‘C’ – “not set in concrete” so an extension would not be unprecedented.
The decision has not be finalised and would need to be confirmed by Theresa May.
MI5 boss Andrew Parker has agreed to serve until 2020 – taking his stint to seven years.
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