Is Britain preparing for a “Brexit” (British exit from the E.U.) ?
British Prime Minister David Cameron nominated Jonathan Hopkin Hill last year to the post of EU commissioner. The nomination of Hill, a revolving door ex-lobbyist, was bad news for Jean-Claude Juncker’s commitment to lobby transparency, according to corporateeurope.org.
Juncker is the 12th and current President of the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, writes Wikipedia. He is also the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg.
Much of the media commentary so far about Jonathan Hopkin Hill’s (link is external) nomination as the UK commissioner for the Juncker commission has focused on the possibility of a British exit from the E.U., or “Brexit.”
A British exit from the EU could happen pending a potential in-out referendum in 2017, writes cororateeurope.org.
A surprising number of political pundits have welcomed his lobbyist background as proof of his ability to strike backroom deals. It may be that this is why David Cameron – UK prime minister – has nominated him.
Hill’s background as the “most senior former lobbyist in government” is not in doubt; he has been through the revolving doors of UK politics to the lobby industry and back again on numerous occasions.
In the 1980s, he went from ministerial special adviser to Lowe Bell Communications; in the 1990s, he went from No. 10 Downing Street Policy Unit to Bell Pottinger Communications (link is external). Most recently, he moved from Quiller Consultants (which he co-founded in 1998) to ministerial office and, until recently, leader of the House of Lords, the UK’s un-elected upper chamber.