LONDON Aug 1 Royal Bank of Scotland
said on Friday that a vote by Scotland to become independent
from the rest of the United Kingdom could significantly increase
its costs and have a material impact on its business.
RBS, which is 81 percent-owned by the British government,
said earlier in the year that it was considering its options
should Scots vote to end the 307-year union.
It said in its half-year results announcement that such an
outcome "could significantly impact the group's costs and would
have a material adverse effect on the group's business,
financial condiiton, results of operations and prospects".
(Reporting by Matt Scuffham; editing by Simon Jessop)