LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Former British finance minister George Osborne, a key opponent of Brexit, mentioned Wednesday he was quitting parliament however would “go on fighting” for Britain as editor of London’s Evening Standard newspaper.
“I am stepping down from the House of Commons — for now,” Osborne wrote in a letter to his constituents, leaving the door open for a possible comeback.
“I will go on fighting for that Britain I love from the editor’s chair of a great newspaper,” he mentioned.
The 45-year-old was appointed as editor of the Evening Standard — Britain’s fourth-largest newspaper by circulation — in March.
Per week earlier, he had already drawn criticism for disclosing that he would obtain £650,000 ($835,000, 779,000 euros) a yr working as an advisor to the United States asset administration fund BlackRock for 4 days a month.
Osborne, who has been representing Tatton in northwest England since 2001, served as Chancellor of the Exchequer beneath prime minister David Cameron between 2010 and 2016, coping with the aftermath of the worldwide monetary disaster.
He left the federal government in July following the Brexit vote in a referendum wherein he had campaigned arduous for Britain to remain within the European Union.
His resignation got here as parliament ready to debate and vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s name to carry a snap election on June eight.
May, who made the shock name on Tuesday, is looking for to make robust good points in opposition to the opposition before gruelling Brexit negotiations.