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Clegg urges RBS to show restraint over bonuses

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has warned taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland that it "shouldn't be dishing out ever larger amounts of money in pay and bonuses" as it announced pre-tax losses for 2013 of £8.2bn and a reduced bonus pot of £576m.

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RBS report highlights fears over Scottish independence

The Royal Bank of Scotland has highlighted the "political risks" posed by Scottish independence to its business, saying it could "significantly" impact the group's credit ratings.

Comments in its annual results also questioned whether the move would affect Scotland's status in the European Union.

During 2013, the focus on the question of potential Scottish independence from the UK has heightened and the Scottish government will be holding a referendum in September 2014.

A vote in favour of Scottish independence would be likely to significantly impact the Group’s credit ratings and could also impact the fiscal, monetary, legal and regulatory landscape to which the Group is subject.

Were Scotland to become independent, it may also affect Scotland’s status in the EU.

– RBS annual report

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