Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

secretary of state responsible for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (or Brexit Secretary) was a United Kingdom Cabinet post. The holder of this office was in charge of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.

The office was held by David Davis from July 2016 until July 2018.[1][2] Following Davis' resignation, Dominic Raab was appointed Brexit Secretary. When Raab resigned in November 2018, Stephen Barclay was appointed as Secretary of State.[3]

The position was created in 2016 by the new Prime Minister Theresa May after the UK voted to leave the European Union.[4]

The position was abolished on 31 January 2020.


  1. Rayner, Gordon (8 July 2018). "David Davis resigns as Brexit secretary". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  2. "Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns". BBC News. 9 July 2018.
  3. "Stephen Barclay named new Brexit Secretary". 2018-11-16. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  4. "New ministerial appointment July 2016: Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union" (Press release). Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 13 July 2016.