Ex-Diplomat Says Former Bank Of England Governor Encouraged Eastern European Immigration

Former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King encouraged then-Prime Minister Tony Blair to open the doors to immigration from eastern Europe to the United Kingdom without any transitional controls, according to a former senior diplomat, The Guardian reports. Sir Ivan Rogers, who went on to be David Cameron’s leading adviser on Europe and then Britain’s European Union ambassador, claims Blair’s decision partly drove the Brexit vote more than a decade later. Rogers called it “an under-appreciated irony” that King – who eventually became a vocal Eurosceptic – was a strong advocate of the move. In a 12,000-word essay about the UK’s relationship with the EU and how it broke down, Rogers recounts a…