Elite made Brexit happen because they ignored fears about immigration and treated ordinary voters as 'deplorables', says former Bank governor
Mervyn King quit the Bank in 2013 and has endorsed the opportunities of Brexit
He said politician must take note of people's fears and the way they voted
Lord King said Brexit voters were treated like 'deplorables' for their views
By Tim Sculthorpe, Mailonline Deputy Political Editor
The elite made Brexit happen because they ignored ordinary people's fear about immigration, former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King has claimed.
The leading economist said voters were made to feel like 'deplorables' by establishment forces backing the EU, Lord King said.
The ex-governor, who quit Threadneedle Street in 2013, has endorsed Brexit for offering 'real opportunities' for the UK economy.
His replacement Mark Carney has come under severe criticism for warning about the risks of Brexit and has faced claims he is talking down the economy.
The elite made Brexit happen because they ignored ordinary people's fear about immigration, former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King has claimed (file picture)
Lord King said there was a message for politicians in the different voting patterns between the north and south of England.
'That gap between London and the rest of the country was something that I, living outside, noticed but all my friends in London didn't really appreciate,' Lord King said at the London School of Economics last night.
'I [was] told: but if you even contemplate voting for Brexit, you must be either ignorant, uneducated, stupid or racist.
'It was the British equivalent of the deplorables. And I think the reaction against it did play some role [in the Brexit vote].'
Lord King said the Brexit vote and the election of Mr Trump as US president 'raised questions' over whether 'the [political] parties we have at present – in the US or the UK – actually have lost touch'.
Lord King has endorsed the opportunities of Brexit unlike his replacement at the Bank Mark Carney (file picture) who has come under severe criticism for warning about the risks
He added: 'Why they were created in the first place no longer seems relevant, and it's more difficult to see what each party stands for, hence the rise of people who could represent one party or another but see themselves as the individual who can save the country.'
The former governor continued: 'Where you've seen that in the UK is exactly on those issues where parties in a sense suppressed the debate.
'And in the end it may well have been inevitable either that there was a referendum or that one of the parties would have had to represent in a very clear way their position on the EU and give people a chance to vote on it.'
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