Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

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Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Official portrait of Keir Starmer.jpg
Incumbent
Keir Starmer

since 6 October 2016 (2016-10-06)
AppointerLeader of the Opposition
Inaugural holderEmily Thornberry
Formation20 July 2016 (2016-07-20)
WebsiteThe Shadow Cabinet

In British politics, the Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, or informally Shadow Brexit Secretary,[1] is a position within the opposition's shadow cabinet that deals with issues surrounding the UK withdrawal from the EU. If a Labour government had been elected, the shadow Secretary of State would have been a likely choice to serve as the new Secretary of State. The incumbent is Keir Starmer since October 2016, although the position is now unusual, as the Department for Exiting the European Union was abolished in January 2020, so there is no Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union to be shadowed. The position will likely be abolished when the 2020 Labour Party leadership election is concluded.

List of Shadow Secretaries of State for Exiting the European Union[edit]

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Leader
Emily Thornberry Official portrait of Emily Thornberry crop 2.jpg 20 July 2016 6 October 2016 Labour Jeremy Corbyn
Keir Starmer Official portrait of Keir Starmer crop 2.jpg 6 October 2016 Incumbent Labour

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who's who in the Labour shadow cabinet?". New Statesman. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2017.