Fenland MP Steve Barclay appointed new Brexit Secretary

Fenland MP Steve Barclay has been appointed the new Brexit Secretary.

Friday, 16th November 2018, 3:48 pm
Updated Friday, 16th November 2018, 5:26 pm

The North East Cambridgeshire MP, who voted Leave in the EU Referendum, was previously a Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care.

He replaces Dominic Raab who resigned after stating he could not support Theresa May’s EU Withdrawal Agreement.

His appointment was welcomed by former Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson, who was chief of staff to the first Brexit Secretary David Davis.

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He tweeted that the department will be “in good hands”.

In a further reduction to the Brexit Secretary’s duties, it was revealed that Theresa May will in future take sole control of negotiations on EU withdrawal.

Mr Barclay’s job will be limited to the domestic delivery of EU withdrawal, preparations for Brexit either with or without a deal, and shepherding legislation through Parliament.

Mr Barclay’s appointment came after Mr Gove reportedly turned down the post after saying he would only take it if he could renegotiate the EU withdrawal agreement.

Steve Barclay

Downing Street declined to say whether the Brexit Secretary post had been offered to anyone else before the North East Cambridgeshire MP, saying only: “He was the Prime Minister’s choice for the job.”