Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Secretary of State for
Exiting the European Union
Arms of Her Majesty's Government
|Department for Exiting the European Union|
The Right Honourable|
|Member of||British Cabinet|
|Reports to||The Prime Minister|
The British Monarch|
on advice of the Prime Minister
|Term length||At Her Majesty's pleasure|
|Inaugural holder||David Davis|
|Formation||13 July 2016|
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Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, or informally Brexit Secretary, is the Secretary of State responsible for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, informally referred to as "Brexit". The secretary will oversee withdrawal negotiations following a nationwide referendum on 23 June 2016, in which a majority voted in favour of exiting the EU. The office-holder is a member of the Cabinet.
The position was created at the outset of the premiership of Theresa May, who became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on 13 July 2016. May reportedly ordered civil servants to find a building to house a new Department for Exiting the European Union, to be headed by the Secretary of State. The headquarters of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) at Whitehall Place, which is to be vacated once the DECC is merged into the newly created Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is viewed as a potential site for the department.
The inaugural holder is David Davis MP, a longtime Eurosceptic who campaigned for the UK to leave the EU. Davis is a former chairman of the Conservative Party who served in the government of John Major as Minister of State for Europe (1994–97) and in the Shadow Cabinet of David Cameron as Shadow Home Secretary.
Colour key (for political parties):
|Name||Portrait||Term of Office||Political party||Prime Minister|
|David Davis||13 July 2016||Incumbent||Conservative||Theresa May|
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- John Crace, David Davis spells out his EU strategy: be more like Canada, The Guardian (4 February 2016).
- Theresa May's cabinet: Who's in and who's out?, BBC News (13 July 2016).