Mark Carney’s enforced silent period may bring respite for BoE governor in escalating Brexit battle

, Economic

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has been in the crosshairs for his warnings that a vote for Britain to leave the European Union poses serious risks to the U.K. economy.

Brexit campaigners crying out for Mark Carney to stop talking should get their wish granted next week.

With just nine days until a pre-European Union referendum purdah period begins, the Bank of England governor has a few hurdles to jump in the fraught political race that’s dominated his agenda. After his most recent comments dragged him further into the fray and one lawmaker called for him to be fired, that period might not come soon enough.

Carney has staunchly justified his stance, saying it’s the central bank’s remit to warn on risks. Still, the fracas over his independence will probably continue next week when BOE officials may be called to testify to lawmakers. That risks a revival of a verbal sparring match from earlier this year when pro-Brexit Jacob Rees-Mogg accused the governor of lacking dignity.


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