Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

United Kingdom
Secretary of State for
Exiting the European Union

David Davis

since 13 July 2016
Department for Exiting the European Union
Style The Right Honourable
(Formal prefix)
Brexit Secretary
Member of British Cabinet
Reports to The Prime Minister
Seat Westminster, London
Appointer 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,[1] 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.[2][3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[3]

The inaugural holder is David Davis MP,[4] a longtime Eurosceptic who campaigned for the UK to leave the EU.[6] 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.[7]


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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