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EU foreign affairs boss Ashton's spokesman quits

Lady Ashton
Baroness Ashton is also a vice-president of the European Commission

The chief spokesman for Europe's foreign affairs supremo, Baroness Ashton, has resigned.

The development comes just six weeks after the British peer was confirmed in the newly created job of EU High Representative.

Lady Ashton, former leader of the House of Lords, has suffered widespread criticism since her appointment.

Her spokesman, 38-year-old German Lutz Guellner, denied that he had fallen out with his boss.

BBC political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg said his departure would "be another blow to the EU's most senior UK diplomat".

Critics have said Lady Ashton is too inexperienced and lacks a big enough profile for her role, she added.

Mr Guellner has moved to another role within the EU.



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