In last week’s Brexit-Brussels conundrum, many failed to notice that the government has quietly appointed its third Brexit Secretary of this year — Stephen Barclay.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman added that health minister Barclay was “the Prime Minister’s choice for the job”.
Delighted to accept role at DExEU. We now need to keep up the momentum to finalise the Withdrawal Agreement & outline political declaration & deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK. Looking forward to working with a talented team of ministers & officials to do just that. https://t.co/3KSUI0Xe2I
— Steve Barclay (@SteveBarclay) November 16, 2018
Here are some interesting facts about him:
- Barclay, who is MP for North East Cambridgeshire, voted to leave in the 2016 referendum.
- This is Barclay’s first cabinet job. He was appointed after both David Davis and Dominic Raab quit over PM Theresa May’splans for Brexit. Reports also suggested that Michael Gove was offered his role but he turned down the offer.
- Barclay is a former Axa insurance lawyer and dad-of-two.
- He went to £12,000-a-year King Edward VII school and later studied at Cambridge.
- He spent his gap year in the army – serving with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
- He was also a director at Barclays Bank (and a financial regulator) before he became an MP.