Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture


The Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, commonly referred to as the Constitution Secretary, is a cabinet position in the Scottish Government. The Cabinet Secretary is supported by the Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development.


Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture
Incumbent
The Right Hon.
Angus Robertson MSP

since 20 May 2021
StyleCabinet Secretary
(within parliament)
Constitution Secretary
(informal)
Scottish Constitution Secretary
(outwith Scotland)
Member of
Reports toScottish Parliament
SeatEdinburgh
AppointerFirst Minister of Scotland
Inaugural holderMichael Russell
Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe
FormationAugust 2016
DeputyJenny Gilruth
(Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development)
Salary£112,919 annually (including £64,470 MSP salary)
Websitewww.gov.scot

The current Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture is Angus Robertson, who assumed office in May 2021.

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.[1]

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.[2] It was further renamed to Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs in February 2020.[3]

Overview


Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture include:[4]

Public bodies

The following public bodies report to the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture :

List of office holders


Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe

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

Mike Russell 26 June 2018 17 February 2020 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs

Mike Russell 17 February 2020 20 May 2021 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture

Angus Robertson 20 May 2021 Incumbent Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

See also


References


  1. "Michael Russell appointed Scottish Brexit minister". BBC News. 25 August 2016.
  2. Freeman, Tom (25 August 2016). "Mike Russell named new Scottish Government Brexit minister". Holyrood. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. "Cabinet Appointments". Scottish Government. 17 February 2020.
  4. "Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture - gov.scot". www.gov.scot. Retrieved 8 June 2021.