What is the Department for Exiting the EU?

The Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) was set up just after the EU referendum to manage and prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU. Under its first Secretary of State, David Davis, it was one of the most important government departments. However, gradually power has been moved to the Cabinet Office, under the direct authority of the Prime Minister. The Secretary of State for Exiting the EU is no longer responsible for negotiations and deputises on behalf of the Prime Minister. Its main function in recent months has been overseeing preparations for a no deal scenario.

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