RBS blames 2,600 job cuts on EU

RBS has blamed state aid rules for the decision to shed 2,600 more jobs.

The bank yesterday revealed that most of the cuts would be made in insurance and retail banking.

Competition regulators in Brussels insisted the bank divest itself of its Direct Line and Churchill insurance businesses, as well as more than 300 branches, as a concession for EU approval of RBS’s state aid package, the Financial Times has reported.

The bank said the concessions to the European Commission necessary to qualify for UK state aid were responsible for accelerating the job losses, according to the Times.

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