Stephen Barclay named new Brexit Secretary

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Stephen Barclay has been picked as the new Brexit secretary, as Theresa May seeks to gorge her cabinet after several of her top team quit.

The MP for North East Cambridgeshire – who is a Split supporter – had been a health minister since January.

He replaces Dominic Raab, who forsook on Thursday over Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement for Brexit.

A No 10 spokesman intimate that Mr Barclay would focus on the domestic preparations rather than pacts.

Mr Barclay’s promotion comes after a tumultuous few days for Mrs May, after two higher- ranking ministers and several other junior ministers and aides quit adhere to the publication of the proposed Brexit agreement.

And some Conservative Brexiteers who are melancholy with the deal have also been submitting letters of no-confidence in Mrs May. If 48 the classics are sent, then a vote will be triggered and Mrs May could face a contest to her leadership.

But shortly before Mr Barclay’s appointment, two leading Brexiteers in the highboy, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox publicly threw their funding behind her.

New Brexit secretary ‘delighted’

In a tweet, Mr Barclay said he was “looking advance” to getting to work.

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

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

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

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

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

Environment Secretary Michael Gove – who the BBC arranged had at one point been contemplating his position before rallying behind Mrs May – is conceded to have turned down the role of Brexit secretary following Mr Raab’s departure.


Who is Stephen Barclay?

Stephen Barclay – or Steve Barclay as he cry outs himself on Twitter – is a former banker and has also held the posts of Diocese minister and a whip at the Treasury.

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith intended Mr Barclay was not a household name and it was a big promotion for him.

But he also described the 46-year-old as ultra-loyal, inducing never rebelled against the government.

Vicky Ford, a fellow Tory MP and a intimate of Mr Barclay, told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme he is known for listening “very, absolutely hard and getting things done”.

Mr Barclay, who is said to be a close alter ego of Theresa May’s chief of staff Gavin Barwell, is married and has two children.

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Meanwhile, Amber Rudd has been named the new work and superannuations secretary – replacing Esther McVey, the second senior minister who abdicated over the PM’s Brexit plans on Thursday.

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

In her first discussion in her new job, Ms Rudd called on any colleagues planning to submit letters of no-confidence in Mrs May to “believe again”.

“This is not a time for changing our leader,” she said.

“This is a set for pulling together, for making sure we remember who we are here to serve, who we are here to escape: that’s the whole of the country.”

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

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

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

Mrs May agreed a draft withdrawal compatibility for Brexit with her cabinet on Wednesday, which had already been signed off by go-betweens from both the UK and EU.

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But the see to led to a backlash from some Brexit-supporting MPs, including Mr Raab and Ms McVey.

Round 20 Tory MPs have publicly called for a vote of no confidence in the prime ecclesiastic, with more thought to have written to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Commission to call for a vote on her leadership.

But Mrs May responded to critics saying she will tarry in No 10 and see the deal through.

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