Is Anti Tax Avoidance Directive the main reason we are leaving the EU?

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country… It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

Edward L. Bernays

David Cameron wanted the Great Britain to remain in the European Union, however, his frail campaign failed because he never informed the British voters of the biggest advantage of staying, which is EU’s new Anti Tax Avoidance Directive.

To convince the British people to vote remain, Mr Cameron had to remind them that by staying in the EU, his government would have had to implement EU’s Anti Tax Avoidance Directive by the year 2019, by enacting new laws and collecting taxes from everyone, including our tax-dodging billionaires.

However, throughout his political career, Mr Cameron wasn’t keen on ending extreme austerity measures by collecting taxes from the wealthy elite registered in tax havens.

Every time the EU undertook momentous actions to end tax-avoidance amongst its member states, Mr Cameron responded by issuing his momentous announcements regarding the British EU referendum.

In January of 2013, Brussels produced a concrete action plan for a new EU directive that would end tax-avoiding practices amongst its member states, and within a month, Mr Cameron confirmed that he favours an EU-referendum, stating:

“And I want us to be pushing to exempt Europe’s smallest entrepreneurial companies from more EU Directives.”

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/eu-speech-at-bloomberg

Within that year, Mr Cameron undertook his first push to exempt Europe’s smallest entrepreneurial companies from more EU Directives, by requesting from the President of the European Council to exclude offshore trusts from the EU’s new Anti Tax  Avoidance Directive.

“David Cameron intervened personally to prevent offshore trusts from being dragged into an EU-wide crackdown on tax avoidance, it has emerged. In a 2013 letter to the then president of the European council, Herman Van Rompuy, the prime minister said that trusts should not automatically be subject to the same transparency requirements as companies.”

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/07/david-cameron-offshore-trusts-eu-tax-crackdown-2013

Mr Cameron announced the date for the EU referendum soon after the exact details of the EU’s AntiTax Avoidance Directive were revealed.

The European Commission presented its proposal for the AntiTax Avoidance Directive on January 28th of 2016, and within a month, Mr Cameron announced the date for the EU referendum.

Within minutes, Theresa Villiers, Priti Patel, Michael Gove, Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling, and John Whittingdale appeared at the Vote Leave headquarters, holding a banner with a slogan “Let’s take back control”. Speaking on behalf of six Tory Brexiteers, Grayling explained that they want to restore the sovereignty of the British nation.

Backed by The SunDaily MailSunday Times, Daily Express and Telegraph, which are owned by tax-avoiding media tycoons, Tory Brexiteers managed to protect the sovereignty of our wealthy tax-dodgers from the new EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive.

At Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Cameron defended the offshore low tax rates, claiming:

“We’re happy to support blacklists but we don’t think we should draw up a blacklist solely on the basis of a territory raising a low tax rate – we don’t think that’s the right approach.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/international-blacklist-of-tax-havens-will-be-drawn-up-george-osborne-announces-a6986956.html

In fact, ever since he announced his U-turn on the EU-referendum in 2013, Mr Cameron spent his time exclusively in the company of executive officials of the British pro-Brexit press, which are owned by wealthy tax-avoiding billionaires who felt threatened by the new EU Directive intended to bring an end to their tax avoiding practices.

According to Press Gazette throughout 2013, 2014 and 2015, Mr Cameron and George Osborne intensified their discussions with the pro-Brexit press.

“Of the 23 meetings between October 2014 and September 2015, eight were with News Corporation executives, five with the BBC or BBC Trust and four with Telegraph Media Group.”

http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/cameron-and-osborne-meetings-media-bosses-have-returned-pre-leveson-level/

As someone who campaigned to remain in the EU, one might have expected that Mr Cameron would coordinate his campaign and meet with the pro-EU press, such as the Independent, Guardian, Financial Times, etc. Instead, Mr Cameron spent most of his time in the company of the executive officials of the pro-Brexit press, as follows:

News Coorp., which controls The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun

  1. February 2015, Mr Cameron met with Robert Thomson, News Corporation chief executive, general discussion
  2. July 2015 – Mr Cameron met with Robert Thomson, general discussion

Telegraph Media Group, which controls The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph

  1. February 2013 –  Mr Cameron met with Murdoch MacLennan, Guy Black (with John Witherow and Lionel Barber), to discuss Leveson Report
  2. April 2013 –  Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay, general discussion
  3. September 2013 –  Mr Cameron met with Murdoch MacLennan (with Tony Gallagher and Ian MacGregor), general discussion
  4. November 2013 –  Mr Cameron met with Sir David Barclay, Telegraph owner, dinner
  5. May 2014 –  Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay, general discussion
  6. October 2014 – Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay (with Fizzy Barclay), dinner
  7. January 2015 –  Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay, general discussion

Express newspapers, which controls the Daily Star and Daily Express

  1. October 2013 –  Mr Cameron met with Richard Desmond, general discussion
  2. January 2015 –  Mr Cameron met with Richard Desmond, general discussion

Daily Mail

  1. October 2014 –  Mr Cameron met with Lord Rothermere (with Paul Dacre), chairman and owner of Daily Mail and General Trust, dinner

David Cameron is a classic Jekyll & Hyde example, publicly campaigning to remain in the EU and secretly spending most of his time with people who campaigned to leave the EU.

On March 25th of 2015, Members of European Parliament representing Mr Cameron’s party, UKIP and DUP voted against EU’s plans to crack down on corporate tax-dodging, by making companies report where they make their profits and pay taxes.

“From Britain, Conservative, Ukip, and DUP MEPs voted against the report, though many did not show up or not vote.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/these-are-the-british-meps-who-voted-against-plans-to-crack-down-on-corporate-tax-evasion-a6982271.html

Even Mr Farage’s UKIP, the party who rambled on as being the only UK party to speak out for Britain’s little people, in the European Parliament, instead of the people they pledged to represent, they voted to protect the vested interests of the wealthy elite, who refuse to pay their tax contributions.

Apparently, Mr Farage also tried to avoid paying his taxes through an offshore trust fund.

“The 49-year-old paid a tax adviser to create the Farage Family Educational Trust 1654 in the tax haven – which he intended to channel funds through.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ukip-leader-nigel-farage-admits-1972988

Reflecting on Supreme Court’s decision that the British Parliament must decide whether or not to trigger Article 50, Mr Farage revealed the crucial aspect of his Brexit campaign, stating:

“Well, we would be half-Brexiting is my guess – is that legally we may get out of some aspects of EU membership, but if we stay in the single market, we finish up with all our businesses being regulated somewhere else and indeed a court in Luxembourg that can overrule our own Supreme Court and if that happens it will a supreme act of betrayal.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37861487

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg is responsible for ensuring that EU directives are interpreted and applied in the same way in every member state, including EU’s Anti Tax Avoidance Directive.

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34 thoughts on “Is Anti Tax Avoidance Directive the main reason we are leaving the EU?

  1. I don’t Trust anyone today, News Papers I Never read, Television I Never watch, Del Boy Farage is a Con Artist but also a true blue tory, although he would like you to think he was just one of the Boys,haha but having said that, on the 8 th June I will still be voting Labour.

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    1. Graham Walker – you are English AND European – there is no contradiction there! Our Queen is from German Stock – her husband Greek. Our next King will be part Greek and German. Our country – our England once extended throughout huge swathes of France and still counts the Channel islands as Crown dependencies – not to mention Gibraltar! Our forefathers paid in blood for peace in Europe – so please excuse us from your pathetic phoney and wholly false patriotism – based on some imagined fairy tale facts. You voted leave because you fail to grasp this countries relationship to the EU and the rest of the world, and unless you’re a multi-millionaire you will pay through the nose for your half-baked choice. The article is clearly about why the major press barons supported Brexit – are you a press baron? No you’re not – the article was not about why Graham Walker voted Brexit – but you’ve made that apparently clear in your response – it’s because your a fuckwit who can’t even spell garbage who has been whipped up into a frenzy by said press barons into believing a wholly false jingoistic fake-patriot scenario, thereby voting Brexit and by consequence helping them avoid paying their tax duties that go to support our vital services. You have been manipulated and used by some of the very best in the business – there is no shame in that – but there is still time to repent – and I’d start by not leaving comments on articles your obviously struggling to understand.

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    2. There is no such thing as English you are British and like all of us mixed race . I sopose you could come from a long line of inbreeding but it is unlikely

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      1. Sorry but even though my ancestors may have been Welsh or Irish, I am English. Born in England, speak English, relate to English history, England national sports, Morris Dancing and the Village Green.

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    3. I like that … garbish … that, as of before today (and to my understanding), it has as a word never previously appeared … and garbish conveys a certain lightness even a touch of frivolity edged with a gentle fragrance, an inoffensive effluvia, a word ideally suited to a description of a statement or opinion a noun for all reasons.
      Students of the English language please comment and discuss …

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    4. I wish more people would consider themselves British. Since 1707 England, Scotland and Wales have officially not been countries. Subsequently Wales and Scotland have their own Parliaments and national anthems, however because of this constant confusion between the terms English and British England has neither. Also, I think leaving Europe was a poor idea and can believe wholeheartedly the sentiment of this article.

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    5. Graham, what you need to think about is the fact that people who work, whether office of manual workers, are the ones that are paying tax; these rich people haven’t paid tax for decades. As always, the rich have pissed on our shoes and told us that it’s raining. The irony is that we have believed the Richard heads for so long. Wake up and understand that we, the general public, are the ones who are going to lose out.

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    6. Might want to brush up on the spelling and grammar of your native tongue then, surely ?
      Because were I so “proud” , I’d not defile it by using it so woefully .

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    7. Graham Walker, I wonder at your pride in being English when you can’t even spell the language of the nationality you’re so proud of. It makes one think you aren’t intelligent or educated enough to understand why being part of Europe is more advantageous to the English. Garbage is the correct spelling. Garbish isn’t an English word.

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    8. Not sure exactly what “garbish” is, but if your DNA were tested I suspect that like most British people you will have traces of Dutch, German, Danish, French ancestry. Whether you like it or not you are European.

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  2. If you are English Graham, the word is “rubbish”. Garbage is an Americanism and “garbish” in an invention of
    your own. Follow all the links and you will find that all of the information quoted is true. The Internet has wonderful fact checking systems – try one.

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  3. We shouldn’t overlook that Cameron also got an advisory referendum approved by Parliament then reframed it as binding. Or that the franchise excluded certain vital demographics that would have given the advantage to Remain. Or that in spite of being ostensibly for Remain, Cameron was effectively AWOL from the campaign. Or that he failed to condemn and refute the demonstrable lies of Johnson, Gove et al in the Leave camp. Or that his apparent hubris encouraged a degree of complacency for Remain that very likely depressed the turnout, against a highly motivated and mendacious yet unchallenged Leave campaign. Or that he resigned after promising not to. Or that we haven’t heard a peep out of him since. All of which, taken with the points raised above, makes it hard to escape the conclusion that Cameron got the result he wanted.

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