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Newsline: UK’s European commissioner quits in wake of Brexit

The UK’s most senior diplomat in Brussels, Jonathan Hill, is resigning following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, as “what is done cannot be undone”. Lord Hill, the UK’s European commissioner, was sent to Brussels by David Cameron and took the highly prized portfolio of financial services. But his departure from a big EU finance job became a foregone conclusion after Brexit, because many European politicians opposed having a Briton in charge of financial services, when the UK is on its way out. Hill, said he did not think it was right he carried on as British commissioner as if nothing had happened. A former adviser to John Major and Ken Clarke, Hill joined the commission in 2014. He was given the portfolio of financial markets in a peace-making gesture from the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, towards the British government. Juncker’s decision to award the crucial finance portfolio to a Briton was intended to pour oil on troubled waters, after David Cameron tried to block Juncker’s appointment.



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