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UK’s European commissioner resigns after Brexit

Written by Barnaby Parsons

David Cameron is not the only ‘victim’ of the Brexit referendum result anymore, as Jonathan Hill, the UK’s most senior diplomat in Brussels, is also resigning from his function.

Hill was sent to Brussels by Cameron himself and his resignation comes after several European politicians opposed having him in charge of financial services, the portfolio he was in charge of, considering that Great Britain is not on its way out of the Union.

“As we move to a new phase, I don’t believe it is right that I should carry on as the British Commissioner as though nothing had happened,” he said in a statement.

According to The Guardian, Jonathan Hill campaigned to keep Britain from joining the EU in the past. However, he considers that the 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.”

Starting with July 15, he will be replaced by the Latvian vice president responsible for the euro, Valdis Dombrovskis. It is unclear what will happen with Jonathan Hill’s staff though, as when a commissioner’s term in Brussels ends, so does his staff’s. Rumors about his resignation started spreading a month ago, but he was encouraged to continue, so nobody thought about the future of the staff.

Hill joined the commission in 2014, being given the portfolio of financial markets by the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, as a form of peace-making with the British government.

“He has done an excellent job as a commissioner, helping to focus the European commission on measures to promote growth and jobs, in particular his proposals to increase the flow of affordable investment capital across the EU and for giving the UK a strong voice in the European commission. The prime minister wishes Lord Hill well for the future,” said a Downing Street spokesman.

David Cameron’s successor will be the one to pick the next British commissioner, who will be in charge at Brussels, until the UK will be completely out of the EU.

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