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Royal Bank of Scotland warns it's ready to move HQ to England in case of Scottish independence

  • Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, waves to the crowd during a visit to Edinburgh campaigning as "Team Scotland against Team Westminster", Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014. In a rare display of cross-party unanimity, Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat chief Nick Clegg all pulled out of a weekly House of Commons question session in London to make a late campaign dash to Scotland as polls suggest the two sides are neck-and-neck ahead of the Sept. 18 independence referendum. (AP Photo/PA, David Cheskin)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

    Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, waves to the crowd during a visit to Edinburgh campaigning as "Team Scotland against Team Westminster", Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014. In a rare display of cross-party unanimity, Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat chief Nick Clegg all pulled out of a weekly House of Commons question session in London to make a late campaign dash to Scotland as polls suggest the two sides are neck-and-neck ahead of the Sept. 18 independence referendum. (AP Photo/PA, David Cheskin) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

  • An exterior view shows offices of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in the City of London, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. In a blow to the Scottish independence campaign, three top financial groups, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, say they will move headquarters to England should Scots vote to break away from the United Kingdom.  RBS, which has been based in Scotland since 1727, said Thursday it has drawn up contingency plans because being based in an independent Scotland would create uncertainties that could hurt its business and customers.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    An exterior view shows offices of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in the City of London, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. In a blow to the Scottish independence campaign, three top financial groups, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, say they will move headquarters to England should Scots vote to break away from the United Kingdom. RBS, which has been based in Scotland since 1727, said Thursday it has drawn up contingency plans because being based in an independent Scotland would create uncertainties that could hurt its business and customers. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman uses a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) cash machine with an RBS logo above it, in the City of London, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.  In a blow to the Scottish independence campaign, three top financial groups, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, say they will move headquarters to England should Scots vote to break away from the United Kingdom.  RBS, which has been based in Scotland since 1727, said Thursday it has drawn up contingency plans because being based in an independent Scotland would create uncertainties that could hurt its business and customers.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    A woman uses a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) cash machine with an RBS logo above it, in the City of London, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. In a blow to the Scottish independence campaign, three top financial groups, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, say they will move headquarters to England should Scots vote to break away from the United Kingdom. RBS, which has been based in Scotland since 1727, said Thursday it has drawn up contingency plans because being based in an independent Scotland would create uncertainties that could hurt its business and customers. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

Royal Bank of Scotland says it has made plans to move its headquarters to England in the event that Scotland votes for independence next week.

The bank, a key employer in Scotland and a symbol of its financial sector, says it has drawn up contingency plans because being based in an independent Scotland would create uncertainties that could hurt its business and customers. It says it could affect its credit rating and change the legal, fiscal and monetary environment it works in.

Thursday's warning comes a day after another financial group, Standard Life, said it is ready to move parts of its business to England in case of independence.

RBS has been based in Scotland since 1727.