“This afternoon, federalist parties in the EU Parliament allowed President Juncker to shift the blame for the aggressive corporate tax avoidance schemes that he implemented and presided over whilst prime minister of Luxembourg to other nation-states and to the behaviours of big multinational corporations. In return for their political support, it now appears that Juncker will use the hypocrisy of his defence against these scandalous charges to start the process whereby it is the Commission and not EU member states which will seek to set and harmonise corporate tax rates across Europe. We expect to see proposals to this effect shortly.
“President Juncker justified Luxemburg’s aggressive corporate tax avoidance schemes as ‘all being within the EU’s rules’, just months after campaigning across Europe for his job on a platform of getting rid of such favourable deals for big corporations. It’s another case of European elites saying one thing and doing another – it’s austerity for the people, and tax breaks for them!
“It is now more important than ever that the UK leave the EU, so that it can continue to set and monitor its own competitive tax rates. An independent Britain should ensure that the big – CBI supporting – global companies in the UK pay their fair share of tax but should not be hindered by being taxed by the EU in the future so that our small and medium size businesses put at a fiscal disadvantage.
“Meanwhile, President Juncker should resign immediately; whilst an independent committee of EU members of Parliament investigate the allegations made against him.”