Santander Group Executive Chairman Ana Botin said "Santander's purpose is to help people and businesses prosper in our ten core markets in Europe and the Americas. Our commitment to British businesses, customers and our people remains as strong as ever."
"Santander's unique business model - focused on retail banking - provides us with diversification and stability and is a source of great strength. The Group has proved its robustness throughout its history and has paid a dividend to its shareholders consistently for more than 50 years."
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