Jul 25, 2023
Nigel Farage: NatWest boss admits 'serious error' in bank closure row
The boss of NatWest has admitted a "Serious error" in talking about Nigel Farage's relationship with its private banking arm Coutts. In her first admission that she had been involved, Dame Alison said in conversations with BBC business editor Simon Jack "She had confirmed that Mr Farage was a Coutts customer and he had been offered a NatWest bank account". The NatWest boss said she did not reveal any personal financial information about Mr Farage. "In response to a general question about eligibility criteria required to bank with Coutts and NatWest I said that guidance on both was publicly available on their websites."In doing so, I recognise that I left Mr Jack with the impression that the decision to close Mr Farage's accounts was solely a commercial one," she added. On Twitter, Mr Farage accused Dame Alison of breaking client confidentiality rules and said she was "Unfit to be CEO of NatWest Group".
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