Bank of England chief sends ‘aggressive’ letter to Leave MP in row over Brexit comments


Hike Carney claimed Eurosceptic MP Bernard Jenkin had threatened him and misunderstood the confidence of the bank.

He was responding to Mr Jenkin’s letter that highlighted Britain is now in purdah, which have as justifications civil servants must not make public comments that could alter the June 23 vote.

It was thought Mr Carney could try to issue uncountable fear-mongering claims over a Brexit affect on the economy when the Bank swopped its decision on interest rates today.

The Governor caused outrage and was accused over-stepping his task when he previously used an official update to claim leaving the European Joining could push Britain into a recession.

In his letter to the Governor, Mr Jenkin prognosticated: «You have already made your views known about the inquiry of the forthcoming referendum.

«The concern is that you, as governor of the Bank of England, or others who ss out the Bank, may have occasion to make further public comment on questions arising from the question on the ballot per for the referendum.»

In a three- ge sic to the MP, Mr Carney insisted his economic warnings of Brexit were independent of machination and told Mr Jenkin he had made «numerous and substantial» misconceptions.

The Governor also indicated Mr Jenkin «demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of central bank independence», augmenting that it is the Bank’s «duty» to report its «evidence-based judgments».

Today Mr Jenkin asserted Mr Carney’s intervention has gone «way beyond what a bank governor would normally do in provisions of making statements about rate setting and economic forecasts».

He mentioned: «He’s reacted very, very aggressive towards me.

«He’s trying to make a significance that the Bank of England does not run on public funds, even supposing it’s a publicly owned corporation.

«The advice I have from the Speaker’s Advisor is that there appears to be no exemption for the Bank of England.»

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