Ex-Cameron adviser says Mervyn King was strong advocate of opening up immigration without transitional controls, which partly drove Brexit vote

Mervyn King encouraged Tony Blair to open the doors to immigration from eastern Europe without any transitional controls, according to a former senior diplomat who claims the decision partly drove the Brexit vote more than a decade later.

Sir Ivan Rogers, who went on to be David Cameron’s leading adviser on Europe and then Britain’s EU ambassador, called it “an under-appreciated irony” that King – who eventually became a vocal Eurosceptic – was a strong advocate of the move.

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