Keep calm and carry on is Metro Bank's Brexit motto

Metro Bank is pressing ahead with ambitious expansion plans as the lender's boss vows to 'keep calm and carry on' in the face of Brexit.

Metro Bank wants to grow its branch network to 100 by 2020. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA

The challenger bank’s chief executive, Craig Donaldson, said that his “brain flipped” when the referendum result was announced, but he is determined to continue ­growing the bank.

He said: “I voted to remain. But now my job is to negotiate Metro Bank through the ­Brexit process as well as I can and as positively as I can.”

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Donaldson said that he wants to expand Metro Bank’s 44-branch network to 100 by 2020, creating 2,500 extra jobs.

The FTSE 250 firm is on track to have one million customer accounts by the first half of next year, which he said will make it a “proper player”.

The bank is also benefitting from its two “drive-thru” branches in Southall and Slough, which have proved popular with business ­customers, with plans for more outlets in the pipeline.