Tax, Sovereignty and the EU Referendum Debate


With the referendum campaign underway on EU membership both sides are using “project fear” tactics to try to scare voters over tax and customs deals. The Remain campaign make dire threats of economic collapse and higher taxes, it seems based on how Greece has been treated as a € Euro member. Equally the Go campaign overlook that the UK cannot just brush aside over 40 years of existing EU-based tax and customs law. But the more fundamental question seems to me to be one of sovereignty. The inherent right of every nation to self-determination, for the people to make their own laws for their own good. The right, asserted from the American Revolution to Indian independence and the end of Empire in the 1960s, to not just be a colony and have rules imposed by a an alien Empire. The UK has a lot of experience in letting go of colonies and Empire, but ironically can it now do the same for itself?

Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant

About Eamon McNicholas

Tax Barrister, Accountant
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