Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union


The Secretary of State is responsible for the work of the Department for Exiting the European Union.

Responsibilities include:

● Policy work to support the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union and to establish the future relationship between the EU and the UK

● Conducting the negotiations in support of the Prime Minister including supporting bilateral discussions on EU exit with other European countries

● Working closely with the UK’s devolved administrations, Parliament, and a wide range of other interested parties on the approach to negotiations

● Leading and co-ordinating cross-government work to seize the opportunities and ensure a smooth process of exit on the best possible terms

Current role holder: Stephen Barclay MP

Stephen Barclay was appointed as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on 16 November 2018.

He was previously Minister of State for the Department of Health and Social Care from January to November 2018. Stephen was also previously Economic Secretary to the Treasury from June 2017 to January 2018.

He served as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from July 2016 to June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire in May 2010.


Stephen was educated at King Edward VII School in Lytham St. Annes Lancashire before reading history at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He later studied law at the College of Law, Chester.

Political career

From 2010 to 2014 Stephen served on the Public Accounts Committee which scrutinises government spending. Stephen served as Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 1998. He worked as an insurance company lawyer for Axa Insurance, as a regulator for the Financial Services Authority, and as Director of Regulatory Affairs and then Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions at Barclays Retail Bank.

Personal life

Stephen is married and has 2 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP

    • 2018 to 2018
  2. The Rt Hon David Davis MP

    • 2016 to 2018


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  1. Secretary of State: Statement to Parliament in response to the CJEU's ruling on the Wightman Article 50 case

    • Statement to Parliament
  2. Secretary of State: Statement to parliament closing the first day of debate on the Withdrawal Agreement

    • Statement to Parliament
  3. Secretary of State: Statement to Parliament September 4th 2018

    • Statement to Parliament
  4. Secretary of State Dominic Raab's speech on no deal planning

    • News story
  5. SoS, Dominic Raab statement on the White Paper on Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU

    • Statement to Parliament
  6. SoS, Dominic Raab statement on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union: 12 July 2018

    • Statement to Parliament
  7. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill receives Royal Assent

    • Press release
  8. David Davis' speech on the future security partnership

    • News story
  9. Joint article: a deep and special partnership

    • News story
  10. David Davis concludes visit to Estonia

    • Press release