UK's European Commissioner Hill to resign

25 June 2016, 14:42
Sherif Hasan
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UK's EU Commissioner Hill has announced he will stand down 25 June 2016

  • does not believe it was right for him to carry on with his work as the commissioner in charge of financial services. 
  • will stay on for a period of weeks to ensure an orderly handover.

Lord Hill is a close friend and ally of PM Cameron and campaigned for Remain. In his statement he says:

"Like many people here and in the UK, I am obviously very disappointed about the result of the referendum.

"I wanted it to end differently and had hoped that Britain would want to play a role in arguing for an outward-looking, flexible, competitive, free trade Europe. But the British people took a different decision, and that is the way that democracy works."

"I came to Brussels as someone who had campaigned against Britain joining the euro and who was sceptical about Europe. I will leave it certain that, despite its frustrations, our membership was good for our place in the world and good for our economy.

"But what is done cannot be undone and now we have to get on with making our new relationship with Europe work as well as possible"

European Commissioners are among the most powerful officials in Brussels, with the ability to make laws across a range of policy areas, but the UK will cease to have one of course when it leaves the EU.
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