Sky News can exclusively reveal that Goldman has agreed to give what insiders said was a “substantial six-figure sum” to Britain Stronger in Europe, the group chaired by the former Marks & Spencer boss Lord Rose.

The donation, on which Goldman declined to comment, reflects deepening anxiety among the Wall Street bank’s senior executives about the potential economic disruption that they believe a British exit from the EU would cause.

Its decision to invest a substantial sum in the campaign makes Goldman, which employs 6000 people in the UK, one of the most prominent donors to either side of the looming EU referendum campaign.

A source close to the bank insisted that it should not be interpreted as a partisan political intervention, while the precise sum that it has donated was unclear.

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