Nigel Farage banking ban is ‘outrageous and wrong’ says Conservative Minister

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The Energy Secretary said Treasury minister Andrew Griffith will be making a statement in Parliament on the issue.

The closure of Nigel Farage’s bank accounts by Coutts has been slammed as “outrageous and wrong” by Energy Secretary Grant Shapps.

He told GB News: “It’s absolutely unacceptable. I don’t have to agree with everything that Nigel Farage says or anything for that matter. It wouldn’t make any difference.

“The idea that you should be unbanked because of your political views in a democratic system is outrageous and wrong.

“And I’m afraid it’s not just Nigel Farage, for years now under this thing called the Politically Exposed Persons legislation banks, and I’m afraid I think probably the FCA, have been allowing this to go on for far too long and it’s entirely wrong.”

In a discussion with Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster, he continued: “A lot of people who go into public service should not have to expect for their bank accounts to be closed, or indeed as often happens. for banks to refuse to open bank accounts and it’s not just Coutts, it’s other banks as well.

“And actually for their families as well to be put under absolute extraordinary measures by these banks, who sometimes want to know your inside leg measurement before they open a bank account, or the family of somebody has to be in public because it’s all unacceptable.”

He added: “My colleague, the Treasury minister Andrew Griffith, is actually on this at the moment and proposing changes and will be making a statement to Parliament about it.

“I know it cannot be right that when people choose to go into public service, and regardless of their views, and I say I don’t have to agree with Nigel Farage his views or Labour politicians views or or whoever that is not the point.

“The point is, people should be able to get banked and there is no excuse for the banks not allowing those bank accounts to remain open and by the way, often to refuse to open them in the first place.”

Source: GB News

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