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How UK Woodlands will benefit from being outside the EU

This blog argues that UK Woodlands may benefit from the UK leaving the EU if tree diseases can be stopped with better import control. It considers the position of Norway, which although a member of EEA does not participate in the Common Agricultural Policy and has greater control over the tree stock in Norway than applies […]

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Opportunities for UK fiscal policy outside the EU

  One of the issues to deal with after the UK referendum vote is that many people went very long in doom and gloom and are now having to short their positions considerably. There will be volatility going forward but we need a sober analysis of both the risks (and we’ve had plenty of that) […]

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Brexit and the “Hunger Games”

The reasons for the Leave vote in the EU referendum have been characterised in many ways over the last 2 days – many of them highly unflattering. A few days ago I wrote: “What is worrying in political terms is the gap between the views of the metropolitan areas and the rest of the country. […]

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Brexit and UK net Immigration – public spending and tax consequences

Not a catchy title but an important one. The referendum approaches and the level of debate is disappointing. It is now accepted that a remain vote will mean continued high levels of immigration to the UK as there appears no mechanism  to control some it given freedom of movement within the EU. What are the […]

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Tax transparency and UK politicians – the need for simplification and clear policy

The last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity and opinion on transparency for UK politicians as a result of the fall out from the Panama papers. A number of senior politicians have published their tax returns. Much of the comment about the Prime Minister’s tax returns and the Inheritance tax liabilities of bequests […]

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Opting out of “ever closer union”

This my first blog for a while as I’ve been involved in a local campaign. The UK is being bombarded by views about the EU referendum (and this will continue undoubtedly). I thought I would focus on the opt out achieved in the negotiations for the UK to not participate in “ever closer union”. For […]

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Australia’s new Multinational Anti-avoidance Law moves ahead of OECD consensus

I am indebted to Allens in Australia for their recent summary of the new Aussie Diverted Profits Tax which informs this blog. “It is aimed at 30 identified multinationals with Australian sales agency arrangements that the Government claims may artificially avoid having a taxable presence in Australia – and will seek to subject them to income […]

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Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Tax

I am very pleased to have been asked to act as an expert on the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Tax which held its first meeting on 18 March in New York. The aim of the Commission is “ICRICT has been established by a broad coalition of civil society and labor organizations, […]

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Paying and Praying – Morality and Taxation

  My children have attended the local state primary school in London which is a church school. It became clear early on that there were a limited number of local children at the school because a large proportion of places are allocated based on church attendance in the parish rather than residence therein. One of […]

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The consumerisation of fiscal politics

Recently I’ve been struck recently by how western politics is becoming more like a consumer activity. In part, this is conditioned by watching the UK election process, but it is also reflected more widely and strangely in the unfolding Euro crisis. More and more we see voters with the expectation that they should have a […]

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