Following the urgent review into the matter of de-banking in the UK, speaking to broadcasters, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, said: “Free speech is a fundamental human right.

“You can agree or disagree with Nigel Farage, but everyone must be able to express their opinions. In today’s society, you need a bank account function and so a threat to be de-banked is a threat to your right to express your opinions.

“We have regulations – Regulation 18 of the Payments Accounts Regulations – that ban this so-called de-banking of people for their political views. I’ve written to the regulator – the Financial Conduct Authority – they have the right to fine banks very large sums of money if they find this practice is widespread.

“I want to know if it is, and I want to know what they are doing about it.”