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    EU to bill Amazon for back taxes

    Thank God for the EU. We've clearly been in a world for some time now where gigantic corporations are running circles round national governments on tax. They can do sweetheart deals with an Ireland or a Luxembourg that they cannot get away with when the EU decides to take a collective interest.

    Imagine a major media mogul who owns newspapers, television channels and a variety of other media walking into Downing Street to lobby for light touch regulation, low tax and minimal interference in corporate governance. Much easier for them to bully, cajole or induce one head of government and one country into dealing with them than to try to walk into Brussels and corral that complicated structure into what they want.

    Yet another argument for me on why Brexit is manifestly wrong and the politicians who lied about it a bunch of self-serving charlatans.

    I can vaguely understand May proceeding with it if she wants to remain Tory leader, though if she had any honour she would have declined to lead as a referendum Remainer. Corbyn's position is unforgiveable - there's both a clear economic/political argument to remain and a party political advantage argument yet still he sits in the same camp as May, Johnson and Farage on this.

    As for Amazon, they're like a huge, tentacled, shady organisation in a Bond film. The way they treat their staff and their sellers is disgusting and they've had it coming to them for a long time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by One Day Soon View Post
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    Thank God for the EU. We've clearly been in a world for some time now where gigantic corporations are running circles round national governments on tax. They can do sweetheart deals with an Ireland or a Luxembourg that they cannot get away with when the EU decides to take a collective interest.

    Imagine a major media mogul who owns newspapers, television channels and a variety of other media walking into Downing Street to lobby for light touch regulation, low tax and minimal interference in corporate governance. Much easier for them to bully, cajole or induce one head of government and one country into dealing with them than to try to walk into Brussels and corral that complicated structure into what they want.

    Yet another argument for me on why Brexit is manifestly wrong and the politicians who lied about it a bunch of self-serving charlatans.

    I can vaguely understand May proceeding with it if she wants to remain Tory leader, though if she had any honour she would have declined to lead as a referendum Remainer. Corbyn's position is unforgiveable - there's both a clear economic/political argument to remain and a party political advantage argument yet still he sits in the same camp as May, Johnson and Farage on this.

    As for Amazon, they're like a huge, tentacled, shady organisation in a Bond film. The way they treat their staff and their sellers is disgusting and they've had it coming to them for a long time.

    Is this not a good news story?

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    Interesting that the guy in Luxembourg responsible for many of these sweetheart deals is now a top banana in the EU.

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    And once we leave the EU, Amazon, Starbucks and all the rest will be told not to worry about things like paying tax, like the those crazy socialists in the EU expect. Come here and do as you please; we're 'business friendly'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibernia&Alba View Post
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    And once we leave the EU, Amazon, Starbucks and all the rest will be told not to worry about things like paying tax, like the those crazy socialists in the EU expect. Come here and do as you please; we're 'business friendly'.
    It's an interesting debate.... does a Government forego corporate taxes for the economic and taxation benefits of a large workforce?

    That seems to be the question that Ireland struggled with.

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