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Stephen Barclay takes over as new Brexit secretary, the third in four months


London, Nov 17: Minister for North East Cambridgeshire Stephen Barclay has been named as the new Brexit Secretary as UK Prime Minister Theresa may sought to fill posts in her cabinet after a spree of resignations over her Brexit deal rocked the government on Thursday, November 15.

Stephen Barclay

Barclay, a Leave supporter, was a minister at the department for health and social care. The 46-year-old replaced Dominic Raab, who also resigned on Thursday over May's withdrawal agreement for Brexit - Britain's exit from the European Union. Barclay is the third individual to hold the post since July when Raab replaced David Davis, the inaugural post holder.

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While official sources said Barclay would focus on domestic preparations rather than negotiations, Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the new appointment meant "absolutely nothing".

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