Leave leaders back Carney, Osborne as UK grapples with Brexit fallout

Mon Jun 27, 2016 6:37am EDT
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By William Schomberg and Ana Nicolaci da Costa

LONDON (Reuters) - The leaders of the campaign to get Britain out of the European Union sought to ease concerns about the country's uncertain economic future by giving public backing to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and finance minister George Osborne.

In the run-up to last week's referendum, Carney and Osborne incensed Leave campaigners by warning that a vote to pull out of the EU would hit the economy.

Carney faced a call for his resignation from one lawmaker from the ruling Conservative Party during the campaign, and last week the official Vote Leave campaign released a video attacking him over his previous employment with Goldman Sachs.

But Boris Johnson, who is now considered the front-runner to become Britain's next prime minister after steering the Leave campaign to victory, used his first comments since the vote to heap praise on the Canadian.

"Most sensible people can see that Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has done a superb job - and now that the referendum is over, he will be able to continue his work without being in the political firing-line," Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph newspaper in a column first published late on Sunday.

Justice minister Michael Gove, who led Vote Leave with Johnson, praised Osborne for saying early on Monday that Britain would cope with the turmoil caused by the referendum result.

"I listened to the chancellor and I found his words incredibly reassuring," Gove told reporters. "The chancellor's statement today provided the reassurance that people need."


Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne leaves after a news conference in central London, Britain  June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool