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Secretary of State for International Trade

Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for International Trade (International Trade Secretary) is a cabinet ministerial position in the government of the United Kingdom. The secretary of state is responsible for overseeing the Department for International Trade, which negotiates new international trade agreements with other countries for the United Kingdom.

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
(within the UK and the Commonwealth)
Member ofCabinet
Board of Trade
Privy Council
Reports toPrime Minister of the United Kingdom
SeatWestminster, London
AppointerThe Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Term lengthNo fixed term
Formation13 July 2016
First holderLiam Fox

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 inaugural holder was former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who was appointed on 13 July 2016.[1] The position is currently held by Liz Truss MP.

The Secretary of State also holds the position of President of the Board of Trade, a committee of the Privy Council of which the incumbent is the sole official member.[2][3]


List of Secretaries of State for International TradeEdit

Colour key (for political parties):

Secretary of State for International Trade
Portrait Name[4]
Term of office Party Ministry
  The Right Honourable
Liam Fox

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

MP for South West Norfolk
(born 1975)
24 July
Incumbent Conservative Johnson

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Liam Fox is appointed Secretary of State for International Trade". 14 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Liam Fox ridiculed for being only member of new UK board of trade". The Guardian. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade". GOV.UK. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference Name was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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