Bank of England's Carney extends term at helm to Jan 2020

Galtero Lara
Setiembre 14, 2018

The announcement from the government and the bank was expected after Carney told lawmakers last week that he was "willing" to extend his tenure beyond his scheduled June 2019 departure.

Mark Carney agreed to remain at the helm of the Bank of England for an additional seven months, extending his stay for a second time to help steer the United Kingdom economy through the Brexit transition.

Speaking in parliament, chancellor Hammond said that he wanted to extend Carney's stay in order, "to ensure continuity during what could be quite a turbulent period for our economy in the early summer of 2019".

It also means he'll be available for longer should talks with the European Union fail and force a so-called hard Brexit in March 2019.

The Bank of England said Tuesday that Carney would stay as governor until January 2020.

Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that Carney's term has been extended until 31 January 2020, a further seven months on his original deal.

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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney attends the central bank's financial stability report in central London on June 27, 2018.

The governor and Prime Minister have clashed in the past with May commenting in 2016 on how there would be "bad side effects" for Carney's monetary policy and Carney taking a negative view on the future of Brexit.

"In a sea of Brexit political pygmies the governor of the Bank of England is one of the only sane voices at the table, so it is welcome news he is staying on". The former Bank of Canada chief was appointed to the role in late 2012 after previously saying he wasn't interested in the job, and initially agreed to serve just five years of what is usually an eight-year term.

He had originally only meant to remain for five years after joining in 2013, but announced plans to stay an extra year four months after the Brexit Referendum in June 2016.

In a statement released by the Treasury, Hammond said: "I'm delighted that the governor has agreed to stay in his role for a further seven months to support a smooth exit from the European Union and provide vital stability for our economy".

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