NatWest probes staff over messages 'inciting violence' against Farage
NatWest probes its staff over messages ‘inciting violence’ against Nigel Farage following de-banking scandal
- The Brexiteer kept up his fight to get to the truth about de-banking scandal
NatWest staff were last night facing the prospect of being suspended over messages ‘inciting violence’ against Nigel Farage.
The Brexiteer has kept up his fight to get to the truth about why NatWest-owned Coutts dropped him as a client earlier this year, sparking a de-banking scandal.
As reported yesterday, he has obtained internal chats between NatWest staff gloating about him losing his account due to his political beliefs.
And in fresh messages obtained by the Mail, one employee said ‘let me drop you off at the airport, Mr Farage’ after staff boasted about having potentially driven him out of the country. Another responded that they should ‘kick him out of the moving car’ on the way.
In another message a NatWest worker told colleagues: ‘He got paid from the Kremlin. Bet he’s a spy.’
The Brexiteer has kept up his fight to get to the truth about why NatWest-owned Coutts dropped him as a client earlier this year, sparking a de-banking scandal
And in fresh messages obtained by the Mail, one employee said ‘let me drop you off at the airport, Mr Farage’ after staff boasted about having potentially driven him out of the country
Workers also launched into an anti-Brexit rant, suggesting ‘he should stay and bloody deal with the mess he helped make’. NatWest last night left open the possibility staff could be suspended.
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It has re-ignited the de-banking row and piled pressure on NatWest’s board to reconsider the £11.3million payout it is expected to approve tomorrow for former boss Dame Alison Rose, who resigned after falsely telling a journalist Mr Farage’s opinions had not been a factor in the loss of his account.
The former Ukip leader was dropped in June by Coutts. Denials it was due to his political views turned out to be false.
Other messages showed workers gloating about the closure of Mr Farage’s accounts. One said: ‘Hope that knocked him down a peg or 2.’ Another said: ‘No one will bank him now.’
Last night, Mr Farage said: ‘On the very day my private financial information was leaked to the media, Dame Alison Rose’s staff were making these disgraceful comments about me, inciting violence.’
NatWest apologised for the ‘unacceptable’ comments and will take action ‘as appropriate’.
Senior managers at the bank also discussed whether anti-terrorist legislation could be used to justify closing his account.
A memo, published by the Telegraph, reads: ‘British Government terrorist act – ‘enabling or glorifying terrorism or encouraging’ terrorism. Likes the verbs.’
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