Depart-supporting Stephen Barclay has been promoted to Brexit Secretary from his ministerial function within the division of well being.

The comparatively unknown politician, who’s the MP for North East Cambridgeshire, replaces Dominic Raab.

Mr Raab dramatically resigned from the cupboard on Thursday over the draft Brexit withdrawal settlement.

Esther McVey additionally stop the cupboard alongside 5 different ministerial resignations over the proposed deal on Thursday.

In a quick weblog publish on Mr Barclay’s web site from March this yr, he wrote: “Jeremy Corbyn not too long ago confirmed that Labour are taking a place that may imply the UK can not have an unbiased commerce coverage after Brexit.

Which means that underneath Labour we might be unable to signal our personal commerce offers across the globe.”

Stephen Barclay


Mr Barclay supported Depart within the 2016 referendum

He went on: “Brexit is a defining second within the historical past of our nation. We can be forging an formidable new partnership with Europe and charting our personal manner on this planet to develop into a really world, free-trading nation.”

Mr Barclay is Britain’s third Brexit secretary.

David Davis held the function between July 2016 and July 2018. When he stop he stated it seemed “much less and fewer probably” the social gathering would ship on the Brexit outcome”.

Mr Davis was adopted by Mr Raab, who stop after simply over 4 months within the function.

Mr Barclay was appointed as minister of division of well being and social care on 9 January 2018. He was beforehand financial secretary to the treasury from June 2017 to January 2018.

From 2010 to 2014, he served on the general public accounts committee and served as assistant authorities whip from Might 2015 till July 2016.

Mr Barclay lives together with his spouse and two youngsters in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. He certified as a solicitor in 1998.

Earlier than getting into politics, he labored as an insurance coverage firm lawyer for Axa Insurance coverage, as a regulator for the Monetary Companies Authority, and as director of regulatory affairs after which head of anti-money laundering and sanctions at Barclays Retail Financial institution.

Mr Barclay’s promotion got here as former house secretary Amber Rudd was named the brand new work and pensions secretary.

Mrs Rudd had been compelled to step down seven months in the past after she admitted “inadvertently deceptive” Parliament over targets for eradicating unlawful immigrants.

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