Secretary of State for International Trade

The Secretary of State for International Trade, also referred to as the International Trade Secretary, is a senior Minister of the Crown within the Government of the United Kingdom, and head of the Department for International Trade. The office forms part of the British Cabinet. Since it was created, the International Trade Secretary also holds the office of President of the Board of Trade in conjunction[1][2].

Her Majesty's Principal
Secretary of State for International Trade
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Liz Truss

since 24 July 2019
Department for International Trade
StyleInternational Trade Secretary
The Right Honourable
(UK and the Commonwealth)
StatusMinister of the Crown
Member ofCabinet
Privy Council
Board of Trade
Reports toThe Prime Minister
AppointerThe Crown
on advice of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's Pleasure
Formation13 July 2016
First holderLiam Fox

The current Secretary of State for International Trade is Liz Truss, MP since her appointment by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in February 2020.


Corresponding to what is generally known as a commerce minister in many other countries, the International Trade Secretary's remit includes:


The position was created by former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May, shortly after she took office on 13 July 2016. The purpose behind this new role follows the result of the 2016 European Union membership referendum on 23 June 2016, in which 51.9% of voters voted in favour of leaving the European Union. Withdrawal from the European Union will require new trade agreements to be formed. The role's powers and much of its office were separated from the powerful Foreign Secretary role by May upon becoming Prime Minister. The post of Secretary of State for Leaving the EU was created on a similar basis, and the three roles initially shared staff and were required to coordinate closely. The inaugural holder was former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who was appointed on 13 July 2016.[4]

List of Secretaries of State for International TradeEdit

Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative ‹See Tfd›

Secretary of State for International Trade
Portrait Name
Term of office Length of term Party Ministry
  The Right Honourable
Liam Fox

MP for North Somerset
(born 1961)
13 July
24 July
3 years and 11 days Conservative May I
May II
  The Right Honourable
Liz Truss

MP for South West Norfolk
(born 1975)
24 July
Incumbent 1 year, 1 month and 29 days Conservative Johnson I
Johnson II

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Liam Fox ridiculed for being only member of new UK board of trade". The Guardian. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade". GOV.UK. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Liam Fox is appointed Secretary of State for International Trade". 14 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.

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