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By David Milliken and Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney on Tuesday defended the central bank's decision to flag the risks of leaving the European Union, coming under renewed attack from a lawmaker who has been highly critical of his role in the Brexit debate. Carney said the Bank might have to make a big reassessment of its stance on interest rates if Britain votes to leave the EU in the referendum on June 23 - widely known as Brexit - and that was something it felt obliged to explain ahead of time to businesses and households. The BoE has angered campaigners who want Britain to leave the EU by talking of the risk of a sharp slowdown in economic growth and a rise in inflation in the event of a vote for Brexit, as a British departure from the EU is known.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Monetary Policy Committee members Ben Broadbent, Gertjan Vlieghe and Martin Weale are appearing in front of parliament's Treasury Select Committee to answer questions. The focus of the questions was on issues related to Britain's June 23 referendum on whether to remain in the European Union, and what the Bank of England has said or will say about that. MARK CARNEY WHAT THE BANK MIGHT SAY BEFORE EU REFERENDUM: "We in my judgment have highlighted the key economic issues around, including short-term uncertainty and the potential change in the trade-off between output and inflation, so I would not expect something substantially different to be said (after the MPC's June 16 meeting).