Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs of Scottish Government
Incumbent
Michael Russell MSP

since 26 August 2016
Member ofScottish Cabinet
AppointerFirst Minister of Scotland
PrecursorCabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy
Inaugural holderMichael Russell MSP
Formation2016
Websitewww.gov.scot

The Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs is a cabinet position in the Scottish Government.

The constitutional portfolio was first attached to the role of Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy, and the responsibility for government strategy was last held by Bruce Crawford in 2012 as Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy. A separate post was created in August 2016 during the 5th Scottish Parliament as the Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe. During a Scottish Government reshuffle in June 2018, the post was promoted to the Cabinet and renamed Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations.[1] It was further renamed in February 2020.[2]

Responsibilities

Supporting Minister

Graeme Dey MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans

History

The United Kingdom European Union membership referendum took place on 23 June 2016. This position was established (initially as "Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe") so that the Scottish government would be involved in the development of the UK government's position before the Prime Minister triggered Article 50.[3]

List of office holders

The current Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs is Mike Russell MSP.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy[edit]

John Swinney
21 November 2014 18 May 2016 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution[edit]

Derek Mackay
18 May 2016 26 June 2018 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Party First Minister
Mike Russell
26 August 2016 26 June 2018 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Party First Minister
Mike Russell
26 June 2018 17 February 2020 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Party First Minister
Mike Russell
17 February 2020 Incumbent Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

See also

References

  1. ^ Freeman, Tom (25 August 2016). "Mike Russell named new Scottish Government Brexit minister". Holyrood. Retrieved 6 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Cabinet Appointments". Scottish Government. 17 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Michael Russell appointed Scottish Brexit minister". BBC News. 25 August 2016.