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Stephen Barclay has been confirmed as the new Brexit Secretary as Theresa May seeks to fill posts in her cabinet.

You can read here for full Stephen Barclay biography Net worth and Family Life

Here is what we know about his appointment:

Stephen Barclay was not the first choice of Theresa May

it was reported that at least two cabinet ministers, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, turned down the role.

And the job has essentially been downgraded to focus on domestic preparations for the UK’s departure, with Theresa May personally assuming responsibility for the remaining negotiations with the EU.

Barclay is a close friend to Theresa May’s chief of staff Gavin Barwell

He worked as an insurance company lawyer for Axa Insurance, as a regulator for the Financial Services Authority, and as Director of Regulatory Affairs and then Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions at Barclays retail bank.

Barclay would focus on the domestic preparations rather than negotiations

Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: “Stephen Barclay’s appointment changes absolutely nothing.

“After two years of negotiation, the prime minister has failed to deliver a Brexit deal that can command the support of Parliament.

“A new face in the Brexit department will do nothing to bring this divided government back together.”

The announcement comes after Amber Rudd was named the new work and pensions secretary – replacing Esther McVey, who also resigned over the PM’s Brexit plans on Thursday.

Ms Rudd said she was “delighted” to be given the role, and saw it as her job to “try to iron out” the issues with Universal Credit.

Stephen Hammond will take over from Mr Barclay at the department for health and social care.

 

The government also announced replacements for two junior ministers who resigned over Mrs May’s deal.

John Penrose will join the Northern Ireland office, replacing Shailesh Vara, and Kwasi Kwarteng will go to the Department for Exiting the EU, replacing Suella Braverman.

The third ever Brexit Secretary

Mr Barclay becomes the third Brexit Secretary since the role was created, after Mr Raab and David Davis – who resigned over Mrs May’s Brexit plans in July.

He has been congratulated on Twitter by Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss, who said he was “a star” when he worked in her department.


 

 

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