20/10/2016 09:23 BST | Updated 21/10/2017 06:12 BST

Hey, Brexiteers - Leave Hammond And Carney Alone!


It's been drummed into us that Brexit means Brexit.

And now we hear that there is a 'Hard Brexit' and a 'Soft Brexit', with ideology seemingly having more of a say than what works for all.

The details sound, and no doubt are, very complicated, and I certainly wouldn't have a clue where to start with sorting out a UK wide position, let alone negotiating for it.

But as someone who voted to remain (although I was on the fence until very late in the day) I have, until now, been calmed by the fact that two of the most important positions, people that arguably have the biggest say over the future of my money, namely the Governor of the Bank of England and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, are held by two people guided by facts and figures, rather than ideology.

So when I read that there are 'Hard Brexiteer' conspiracies to unsettle Carney for his operational independence, and to shake down Philip Hammond for 'undermining Brexit' by making plain the economic realities we are facing, I really start to worry.

No one can deny that there was, and still is, uncertainty. But Carney's immediate response to the Brexit result, and Hammond's ditching of austerity and his general approach once he became Chancellor, steadied the markets and, in part, my worries.

Yes, we are starting to feel the pinch at the pumps and, if you love Marmite, your online food shop. But, to my mind, without Carney and Hammond the pinching would be even harder, and the markets wouldn't have the semblance of confidence they currently do.

The country voted for Brexit, so we should get it. But please, please leave the two people who are prepared to face the reality of Brexit in place, so that we get what is best for the country - and not just for ideology.