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Nigel Farage unveils bombshell messages from NatWest staff over debanking row
October 24, 2023
Nigel Farage reveals internal messages at NatWest about his debanking
Nigel Farage unveiled a raft of bombshell internal messages by NatWest staff about him being debanked.
The internal communications come after the former Ukip and Brexit Party leader was cut off by Coutts, which is owned by NatWest Group, earlier this year over his political views.
Mr Farage used a subject access request to obtain all the information NatWest holds on him.
In the messages, one member of staff gloated about having potentially “single-handedly driven NF out of the country”.
They said: “Have you all seen Nigel Farage’s Twitter? No one will bank him now. Have we single-handedly driven NF out of the country?”
Another said they would “throw a milkshake at him if I was approached to open an account for him” in reference to a similar previous incident when he was on the campaign trail.
In further messages, staff said they “hope that knocked him down a peg or two” and asked “what’s the crackpot saying now”.
A series of messages describe Mr Farage as an “awful human being”.
The messages read: “Says we have a political agenda/ No it’s just you are an awful human being NF lol/ He’s so politically relevant right now/ Like who even are you anymore/ So good that an ‘everyman’ banked at Coutts. Thanks for the publicity Nige!”
An employee also suggests Mr Farage is irrelevant following the UK’s departure from the EU.
The message said: “Mr nobody now he has completed Brexit… Awww the money I’d have paid to have been the agent ringing him telling him that.”
The revelations are the latest twist in the debanking row after Mr Farage was dropped by prestigious private bank Coutts in June.
He is calling on NatWest to reconsider the eye-watering £11.3 million payout its board is expected to approve this Thursday for Dame Alison Rose, who resigned as chief executive over the row.
A NatWest Group spokesman said: “We have written to Mr Farage to apologise sincerely for the deeply inappropriate comments made about him and the poor behaviours displayed.
“Neither are consistent with the standards of service that our clients should expect.
“The Group has commissioned an independent review into recent events, phase one of which has been delivered to the board and we will complete the necessary processes and publish the key findings, along with the group’s response, as soon as possible.
“We are determined to learn the necessary lessons from this so that in the future we live up to the high expectations our clients rightly place upon us.”