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What we do

We are responsible for overseeing negotiations to leave the EU and establishing the future relationship between the UK and EU.


We are responsible for:

  • the 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
  • working very closely with the UK’s devolved administrations, Parliament, and a wide range of other interested parties on what the approach to those negotiations should be
  • conducting the negotiations in support of the Prime Minister including supporting bilateral discussions on EU exit with other European countries
  • leading and co-ordinating cross-government work to seize the opportunities and ensure a smooth process of exit on the best possible terms


Our immediate priorities are:

  • ensuring the government is able to take initial decisions on our withdrawal on the basis of the best possible advice
  • strengthening capability across government in preparation for the work ahead
  • reaching out to stakeholders in order to understand and capture a their views
  • establishing the department and setting it up to succeed

Senior management team

The department’s senior management team includes:

  • Oliver Robbins CB, Permanent Secretary
  • Sarah Healey, Director General
  • Creon Butler, Director of Analysis
  • Chris Jones, Director of Justice, Security and Migration
  • Joanna Key, Director of Strategy and Planning
  • Antony Phillipson, Director of Trade and Partnerships
  • Thomas Shinner, Director of Cross-Government Policy Coordination
  • Catherine Webb, Director of Market Access and Budget

A diagram setting out the full senior management team can be found here.

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