Bank of England's Carney to stay seven months longer to help Brexit

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[September 11, 2018]   LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will stay at the central bank an extra seven months until the end of January 2020 to help smooth Britain's departure from the European Union next year, finance minister Philip Hammond told parliament on Tuesday.

Carney had been due to step down at the end of June 2019 -- having extended his term once already to cover the immediate months after Brexit -- but last week he told legislators he would be willing to stay longer if requested.

British media had previously reported that the finance ministry was keen for Carney to extend his stay and was having difficulty finding a suitable successor.

"I am willing to do whatever I can in order to promote both a successful Brexit and an effective transition at the Bank of England and I can confirm that I would be honored to extend my term to January 2020," Carney said in a letter to Hammond.

Before Carney joined the BoE in July 2013, he said he only wished to serve five years of the standard eight year term for a BoE governor to minimize his children's time away from their native Canada.

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Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, speaks to the Houses of Parliament's Treasury Committee, in London, Britain, September 4, 2018. Parliament TV Handout via REUTERS

Hammond said Carney would provide "vital stability" for Britain's economy during the Brexit transition and the extension was also welcomed by Nicky Morgan, the chair of the parliament committee which monitors the BoE and the finance ministry.

Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe will serve a second five-year term until October 2023, Hammond added.

There was little immediate financial market reaction to the announcements.

(Reporting by David Milliken and Andy Bruce; editing by Michael Holden)

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