Department for Exiting the European Union

We are responsible for overseeing negotiations to leave the EU and establishing the future relationship between the UK and EU.

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Stephen Barclay MP
Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
James Duddridge MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Exiting the European Union)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

16 Oct 2019, 1:10 p.m.
Now is the time to get a #Brexit deal done. @SteveBarclay today told the Brexit Select Committee that there is an appetite on both sides to reach an agreement. - Link
16 Oct 2019, 1:10 p.m.
A deal with the EU will honour the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and ensure there is no hard border on the island of Ireland. @SteveBarclay reaffirmed our commitments as he updated the Brexit Select Committee today. - Link
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Department for Exiting the European Union Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Sep. 05 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 05 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Oct. 07 Urgent Questions Withdrawal Agreement: Proposed Changes
Oct. 15 Written Statements General Affairs Council
May. 22 Westminster Hall Leaving the EU: Extension Period Negotiations
Feb. 21 Adjournment Debate Northern Ireland Backstop: Conditional Interpretative Declaration
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Department for Exiting the European Union Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 26 June, 2018 1 Oct 2019, 7:15 p.m.
A Bill to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and make other provision in connection with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU.

Petitions addressed by Department for Exiting the European Union

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
Petition Closed

Parliament must honour the Referendum result. Leave deal or no deal 29/03/19

Gov Responded - 4 Apr 2019 Debated on - 1 Apr 2019
4 Sep 2019
closed 1 month, 1 week ago

The UK voted in a referendum in 2016 to Leave the EU....this wasn't dependent on a " deal" ....but rather just "Leave"
we are now demanding that all mp's honour this result .conservative and labour mp's also agreed to leave on 29/03/19...... deal or no deal as part of their gen election campaign

Petition Closed

Parliament's vote on the Brexit deal must include an option to remain in the EU.

Gov Responded - 19 Dec 2017 Debated on - 11 Jun 2018
17 May 2018
closed 1 year, 5 months ago

A lesser of two evils choice between a bad deal and no deal is not acceptable. Our country deserves better than Hobson's choice, and our MPs should be allowed to vote with their conscience to deliver what they believe is best for the country.

Petition Closed


Gov Responded - 22 Nov 2018 Debated on - 14 Jan 2019
10 Feb 2019
closed 8 months, 1 week ago

It's so desperately simple. The Government's standard response to these kinds of petitions is "The British people voted to leave the EU and the government respect that decision". BUT, the government themselves DO NOT KNOW the outcome of that decision, so how can they possibly respect it???

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Department for Exiting the European Union Select Committee

Department for Exiting the European Union Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.

Department for Exiting the European Union Publications

Department for Exiting the European Union Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
8 Oct 2019, 3:53 p.m. Food Tom Brake


To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, at which forthcoming EU meetings on food and drink will UK officials not be present.

Answer (James Duddridge)

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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