Department for Exiting the European Union

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Publication Date December 2017
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This new United Kingdom Government department was created in July 2016 following the referendum in the UK on the 23 June 2016.

The Department is responsible for overseeing negotiations to leave the EU and establishing the future relationship between the UK and EU.


+ the policy work to support the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union and to establish the future relationship between the EU and the UK
+ working very closely with the UK’s devolved administrations, Parliament, and a wide range of other interested parties on what the approach to those negotiations should be
+ conducting the negotiations in support of the Prime Minister including supporting bilateral discussions on EU exit with other European countries
+leading and co-ordinating cross-government work to seize the opportunities and ensure a smooth process of exit on the best possible terms

Department for International Trade
Also newly created in July 2016 was the Department for International Trade, responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK took advantage of the opportunities open to the UK outside of the EU.


+ developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade and investment policy to promote UK business across the globe
+ developing and negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries
+ negotiating plurilateral trade deals (focused on specific sectors or products)
+ providing operational support for exports and facilitating inward and outward investment

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ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
ESO: Background information: The EU Referendum, 23 June 2016. The United Kingdom and the European Union. The results
United Kingdom: Department for International Trade
Blog: UK in a Changing Europe, 21.07.16: More than re-arranging the deckchairs?
Blog: Open Europe, 27.07.16: Priorities for the new Department for International Trade post-Brexit
UK: Parliament: Parliamentary Business: News: European Union: Exiting the European Union
United Kingdom: Parliament: Parliamentary Business: Committees: House of Commons: Exiting the European Union Committee
UK: Parliament: House of Commons: Library: Debate Pack, No.46 (22.02.18): The Spending of the Department for Exiting the European Union
Blog: Institute for Government, 20.12.17: Churn at the Department for Exiting the EU looks set to accelerate
UK: GOV.UK: NAO: A Short Guide to the Department for Exiting the European Union, November 2017
ESO: Find further information in ESO on the Department for Exiting the European Union
UK: Department for Exiting the European Union: Corporate report, December 2017: Department for Exiting the European Union single departmental plan
Prospect, 25.06.18: What happens to the Brexit department after Brexit?

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