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Department for Exiting the European Union
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Department overview
Formed 14 July 2016
Jurisdiction United Kingdom
Headquarters 9 Downing Street, London, England[1]
Minister responsible
Department executive
Website Official website

The Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU)[1] is the government department of the United Kingdom responsible for overseeing negotiations relating to the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union and establishing the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU.[1] It was formed by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, in July 2016, in the wake of the referendum vote to leave the European Union.[2]

The department was formed by combining staff from the Cabinet Office’s Europe Unit, the Europe Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representation to the EU, and may take on staff from other government departments as necessary.[3] The department was overseen by David Davis MP, until he resigned on 8 July 2018.[4][5] Dominic Raab was appointed as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on 9 July 2018.[6]

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The Ministers in the Department for Exiting the European Union are as follows:[7][8]

Minister Rank Portfolio
Dominic Raab MP Secretary of State Overall responsibility for the work of the department; including work to support the UK's negotiations to leave the EU and to conduct the negotiations in support of the Prime Minister
The Rt Hon. Lord Callanan Minister of State for Exiting the European Union Departmental business in the House of Lords, EU ongoing business, general affairs council, JMC(E), civil society, and EU institutions
Chris Heaton Harris MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Policy coordination and delivery across Whitehall (domestic preparations for exit), contingency planning, and EU (withdrawal) Bill
Suella Braverman MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Withdrawal agreement and implementation bill, trade and international agreements, English regions, security partnership and justice, and borders impementation
Robin Walker MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Market access and budget, migration and citizens' rights, implementation period, devolved administrations, overseas territories, and crown dependencies

The Permanent Secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union was Oliver Robbins. In September 2017, Robbins left the Department as the prime minister appointed him the EU adviser in the Cabinet Office.[9] In October 2017, Philip Rycroft was appointed the new Permanent Secretary,[10] having previously been the Department's Second Permanent Secretary.


In March 2018 government data stated the Department had 636 full-time equivalent posts.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Department for Exiting the European Union". GOV.UK. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Theresa May signals Whitehall rejig with two new Cabinet posts". Civil Service World. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Machinery of Government Changes:Written statement - HCWS94". Hansard. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Rayner, Gordon (8 July 2018). "David Davis resigns as Brexit secretary". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 July 2018. 
  5. ^ "Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns". BBC News. 9 July 2018. 
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  7. ^ "Full list of new ministerial and government appointments: July 2016". GOV.UK. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Department for Exiting the European Union". GOV.UK. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  9. ^ Johnstone, Richard (18 September 2017). "Oliver Robbins leaves DExEU to lead cross-government Brexit coordination in Number 10". Civil Service World. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Philip Rycroft". GOV.UK. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "DExEU monthly workforce management information: March 2018". 

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