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.

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)

17 Aug 2019, 11:01 a.m.
We're leaving the #EU on 31 October, and we're getting ready to seize the opportunities of a new global Britain. #BrexitOpportunities - Link
16 Aug 2019, 2:53 p.m.
We're leaving 🇪🇺 on 31 October, with or without a deal. Follow our Instagram feed for information about how #Brexit will affect you, and how you can join us in getting ready to seize the #BrexitOpportunities. - 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
Jun. 27 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 27 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jun. 18 Urgent Questions EU/British Citizens’ Rights
Jun. 27 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 24 Jul 2018, 11:41 a.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.

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
30 Jul 2019, 3:20 p.m. Business: Regulation Chuka Umunna


To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when will companies know which (a) regulator will be overseeing their business and (b) which rules will they will need to follow from the day after the UK leaves the EU; and whether the Government plans to charge businesses for the creation of new regulatory agencies in the UK in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Answer (James Duddridge)

We must leave the EU on October 31 whatever the circumstances. To do otherwise would cause a catastrophic loss of confidence in our political system. We still wish to leave with a deal if we can and hope the EU will negotiate accordingly.

No decision has been reached on our future relationship with the EU's agencies and bodies after we have left. We are considering very carefully a range of options. In most cases we anticipate that repatriated EU functions can be absorbed by existing UK departments and existing public bodies. The EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 will preserve the laws that we have made to implement our EU obligations and convert EU law which applies directly to the UK before exit. It will ensure that there is a functioning statute book on day one of exit providing certainty for business in a no deal scenario.

Prior to any decisions on establishing new UK-level bodies, the Government always looks to minimise disruption and costs, which includes considering alternative options, such as the use of existing public bodies.

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