Good night. Nigel Farage has warned that ministers’ bank accounts could also be closed after Coutts closed his accounts.
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Farage praises the government’s quick response
The former UKIP leader praised the government’s quick response to reports that ministers are considering new laws to prevent banks from turning away clients. “If it can happen to me, it can happen to them,” Farage warned. “Then maybe their self-interest will move things forward,” he added.
While Coutts closed Farage’s account because his views did not “align” with his values, other figures with ties to private banking have caused far greater controversy.
Coutts, who describes herself as “inclusive” and “culture-aware,” has previously handled money for Russian dictators, mob bosses and oligarchs, she writes. Flora Bowen.
Jon Sopel Apologizes To Former Ukip Leader For “Getting It Wrong” Over Coutts Account Shutdown
Jon Sopel has apologized for mocking Nigel Farage over the closure of his Coutts account, increasing pressure on the BBC to address its handling of the story.
Sopel, who was the corporation’s North American publisher until 2021, said earlier this month that Farage “must feel a bit like Charlie” after the BBC reported that his account was closed for financial, rather than political, reasons.
emily gilbert has an article about the 13 tweets that cost the former Ukip leader his bank account in Coutts.
NatWest faces wave of data requests after Farage scandal
NatWest faces wave of lawsuits from “unbanked” customers to find out why they lost their accounts, reports noah eastwood.
In a Facebook group of nearly 10,000 people who claim to have closed their NatWest accounts, former clients share templates and instructions on how to submit subject access requests to the institution.
ben habib writes that companies are being regulated to discriminate.
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