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WTO Deal and Zero Tariffs

A legal framework already exists for zero, or near-zero, tariffs between the UK and EU post Brexit in case on no agreement on a EU’s favoured deal. A helpful paper was produced for the European Parliament n May 2018 entitled … Continue reading

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MEPs Critical Over Tax Evasion and Panama Papers

A committee of MEPs looking at tax evasion and the Panama papers leak has been critical of some EU countries and action to combat tax abuses was “blocked by individual member states”. Eamon Mc Nicholas Tax Barrister http://www.EamonMcNicholas.com  

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UK Ambassador to EU Makes Way for Brexit

The UK ambassador, representative, to the EU has stepped down early, to make way for their replacement, and deputy, before the invoking of article 50 and the ensuing negotiations. In leaving they also said that the UK has opportunities from … Continue reading

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EU Parliament Votes to Freeze Turkey Accession Talks

The European Parliament has voted, by 479 to 37, for a freeze in talks with Turkey on its possible joining of the EU block. Although a non-binding resolution it still marks a further deterioration in the EU’s dealings with Turkey. … Continue reading

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Institute of Economic Affairs Suggest Scrapping 20 Taxes

The London based Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has suggested repealing some 20 taxes in a reform of the tax laws, in an effort to simplify the system. Out would go capital gains tax, inheritance tax and council tax, among … Continue reading

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Review of Ethnic Diversity in Boardrooms (No Irish or Polish Need Apply)

The Government inspired Parker review into ethnic diversity in UK boardrooms and top companies, “Beyond One by ’21”, has published its interim report. The report is very laudable for the groups it does recognise as ethnic minorities. But the British … Continue reading

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Breach of Taxpayer Confidentiality by HMRC

The Supreme Court in London held this week that HMRC broke their statutory and common law duty of confidentiality when spinning a tax story to the press. They had a duty under the Commissioners for Revenue & Customs Act 2005 … Continue reading

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