Nigel Farage demands apology from the BBC after false claims as to why he lost his bank account

Angry Nigel Farage is demanding an official apology from the BBC after claims his bank fired him for being too poor turned out to be nonsense.

The Brexit advocate criticized Beeb’s business editor Simon Jack, who said high-end bank Coutts had closed its accounts for falling below the financial threshold.

Nigel Farage demands an official apology from the BBC


Nigel Farage demands an official apology from the BBCPhoto credit: Reuters
BBC business editor Simon Jack claimed Coutts closed Farage's bank accounts because he defaulted


BBC business editor Simon Jack claimed Coutts closed Farage’s bank accounts because he defaultedPhoto credit: Times Newspapers Ltd

Earlier this week, the former Ukip boss released documents showing Coutts wanted to close his account because of his political views.

Mr Jack was convicted for relying on a single bank source without providing any evidence to support his claims.

Mr Farage said: “Will Simon Jack and BBC News apologize for their coverage of this story? I will file a complaint.”

Mr Farage also criticized former BBC boss John Sopel, who referred to him as “Charlie”.

He tweeted: “Hi Jon. Who is Charlie now?”

“Looks like you are because you took the Coutts PR spin.

“I look forward to your apology.”

But yesterday Mr Jack defended his coverage on the BBC Today programme, saying his source was well informed and had pointed him to rules that said customers had to have £3million in savings or borrow, borrow or invest with them for £1million .

But he acknowledged Coutts could change his mind, adding: “There’s clearly more to this story than meets the eye.”

The BBC has been contacted for comment.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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