When Brussels decided to end tax avoiding practices within its member states, Britain decided to leave the EU

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Part 3 – When Brexi Happened!

Although he initially resisted the idea, every time the EU reached another milestone closer towards ending tax-avoiding practices, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, changed mind about the EU referendum and ultimately decided to have one.

In the year 2011, the EU wanted to impose a new financial transaction tax, which aimed at generating additional tax revenues of around £47 billion a year, forcing the financial sector to contribute in soothing down future austere economic climates.

According to The Independent, rather than implementing the financial transaction tax in the UK, David Cameron decided to subdue the British nation to additional austerity measures by vetoing the EU proposal, under the pretext that it has to be adopted globally, which deepened the confrontational EU – UK relations.

According to the governmental official records, soon after European Commission revealed its concrete action plan for the development of a new EU directive that would end tax-avoiding practices amongst its member states, David Cameron confirmed that he changed his mind and that favours an EU-referendum, claiming that he is committed to exempting small entrepreneurial companies from more EU Directives.”

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.

When Brussels began its efforts to clamp down on tax avoidance, according to the BBC,  David Cameron warned Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, not to include the trust funds, expressing his reservation about extending such regulations to those registered in offshore UK tax havens.

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.

In 2016, David Cameron claimed that the United Kingdom endorsed the principle of blacklisting tax havens. But, he demanded the countries shouldn’t be blacklisted solely on the basis of being a low or zero-tax jurisdiction.

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

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

In 2016, David Cameron claimed that the United Kingdom endorsed the principle of blacklisting tax havens, but, he demanded the countries shouldn’t be blacklisted solely on the basis of being a low or zero-tax jurisdiction.

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

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 and wealthy corporation from the new EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive.

 


This is Part 4 of the extensive research on Brexit, which focuses on the critical 5Ws, such as:

1. What happened before Brexit?

2. When did Brexit take place?

3. Who supported Brexit?

4. Why Brexit happened?

5. Where did Brexit take place?

 

 

 

About the author

Nolan Jazimreg

Nolan Jazimreg is the author of “The Inconvenient Truth”, a highly contentious dystopian novel, which portrays the life of Isa Iri, an orphan tasked with the daunting mission of uniting the humankind through unconventional insights on happiness, freedom, democracy, religion, and ways in which heaven or hell manifest throughout our lives.

Having undergone a unique and rare life experience, Nolan Jazimreg developed a bipolar condition and setbacks that transcended him into the parallel spiritual realm, which due the “veil” bestowed upon them, most adults can’t experience.

Jazimreg was born to an award-winning TV journalist mother, whereas his father worked as Professor of Psychology at the local University.

Jazimreg spent his childhood in a communist system, then his teenage years in socialist one and his adult life in the capitalism.

Before turning 18, Jazimreg met a wonderful person who fulfilled him, but because of religious differences, he was deprived of his first love.

Jazimreg belonged to an ethnic minority and just like others who spoke the same language as did, were discriminated by his state or other individuals that were an ethnic majority.

Gradually, the ethnic tension erupted into a civil war that forced Jazimreg to flee his home and became a refugee in London.

Hoping that it might aspire younger generations to create a better, just and a peaceful world, unlike the painful one that he journeyed through, Jazimreg began inscribing his first novel that reveals unique experiences and a vision about a different civilization that could be accomplished in the future.

Coinciding with his novels, this blog reveals profound insights into how hatred infiltrates us and oppresses our adeptness to live a contented life that will instigate a comprehensive appraisal of preconceived assumptions about happiness, freedom, democracy, religion, but also heaven and hell, the neglected realms that we experience during our lifetimes, but are unaware of it.
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“Being a literature major and an occasional writer myself, I am only too aware of how writers are often very shy to the point of being secretive. It is therefore amazing how Nolan Jazimreg, in his second novel, lifts the "veil" (reminiscent of Shelley's) of the "parallel spiritual realm" whereby he was "transcended" by his condition and its ensuing "setbacks". His aim, in his first novel, is truly admirable--it is to "inspire younger generations to create a better, just and peaceful world, unlike the painful one that he journeyed through". Writing these novels were acts of courage, motivated by a selfless desire to spare the generations that are to come after him, from the wrenching pain of growing up from childhood to adulthood, in 3 political systems that are worlds apart, esp. the first and the third. May we laud him for not allowing the loss of his first love and the discrimination he underwent, to embitter and disillusion him. Most people are afraid of what lies behind the "veil", esp. if, by lifting it, the truth will be revealed in all its brilliance. It takes a writer, a courageous one at that, to dare, and to look at the truth. Instead, he has taken the positive step of writing and publishing these experiences, an example some of us would do well to follow. “
Ethel David

44 comments

  • Well documented analysis of the ongoings of big corporate and private individuals ‘s taxe évasion on a level never disclosed so clearly and the part played by the Tories big guns to protect theirs interests !!And it seems very obvious now to see why a controlling EU wanting to put theirs noses in this well oiled system doesn’t suit the big guns (the Murdoch)of this world and theirs cronies !Therefore the “let’s take back control”
    Take an other meaning ? And certainly nothing to do with the interests of all the people’ but only of the few who benefits from all the existing loopholes ! Brexit is therefore a big opportunity for them and the hell with the rest of us!!

    But their is no one blinder than those would do not want to see!!

  • You Remainers want it all ways. Firstly you claimed the reason the country voted to leave the EU was because of the poor huddled masses (mainly northerners) who were too ignorant of economic matters to see the reasonableness of your and Osborne’s claims of financial armageddon, and now it was all a sophisticated plot by the super-rich and large corporations. And the bit about lowering corporation tax being responsible for jobs moving overseas is frankly, illogical and ridiculous. As for the portrayal of the EU and its ghastly commissioners and grossly overrewarded MEPs being the guardians of jobs and standards of living for the common man! Have you not seen what it’s doing to Greece and Spain?!

    • Please do not call northerners ignorant. If the dirty filty corrupt press and politicians told the truth for once we would all know the truth. But the greedy rich don’t want their cover blown! ?

    • Both Greece and Spain are doing much better than the UK since the vote and we haven’t actually relinquished are EU benefits yet. To be clear, the issue regarding the EUs determination to reduce tax avoidance and its conflict if interest for many of our political and business elite was well highlighted before the referendum by many, but sadly buried and outvoted by the majority of the national press and the public.
      Many of the local papers highlighted a significant swing of opinion in many Leave voting areas , especially the NorthEast of England, after the vote, as it has become apparent so many lies were told and truth were hidden, including the very poignant issue of tax avoidance. To be ignorant and fooled by lies is no crime or shame but to refuse to accept this you are guilty
      of both

      • Really? Tell that to the GreeK youth whose unemployment rate is 42.5 % or the Spanish youth whose unemployment rate is 35%.

    • Well that’s a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts – as you knew when you made the statement. There can be many reasons – some of them conflict, some of them complement. The reason why the key brexitard quitters initiated Brexit was (as is known around the world but apparently not so much among the stupider members of the british public) because of the twin crackdowns on tax evasion . and on bribery and corruption. This is why Theresa Mays FIRST act as PM was to invalidate the European Arrest Warrants by withdrawing unilaterally from Europol. This lost us access to the multiple counter-terrorism databases – but who cares about that right? the reason why many voted for brexit was as you have suggested .. people ignorant of economic matters . .detached from the 21st Century. They were tricked into voting for something that was clearly not in their best interests – but which is making untold £millions for their rightful lords and masters. As is the norm with such conditions you here leap to the defence of those who are seeking to bend you over. p.s. Both Spain and Greece (and Italy and Portugal) all outperformed the UK since the referendum – well done for keeping up with current events. also note that the Commissioners occupy a similar role to our own heads of various Civil Service ministries and are – of course – appointed by our elected representatives (well done for knowing that bit of publicly available information).

    • Pre-Brexit the UK. was the fastest growing EU nation. Why worry about Spain or Greece?
      OECD forecast and this Brexit government now forecast the poorest growth for decades. The change is the effect of Brexit: nothing else.
      Please therefore would any Brexiteer accept redundancy and reduced salary before any remainer. Will you accept this responsibility for your decision to leave the EU?

      • Your wrong there,Greece were screwed by Germany and France who were up shit creek,the Germans had already borrowed from their own bank and couldn’t go back for more,Greece were used as cover for merkels mistakes,the imf bailed out Greece that means everyone in it did but Greece never saw the money

    • Dave Cliff, I would be interesting to see whether your are being paid to be a troll, or whether you are just to thick to see the truth. The majority of leavers voted to come out as a result of the lies they were told day after day by the press, who just happened to be owned by people who had these wonderful offshore trusts to protect their assets and ensure that THEY did not pay tax on their money. The minute that The E U to Cameron that these trusts would NOT be exempted from the new disclosure rules the order was given to Cameron by his paymasters to get us out of Europe. If you follow Politics and have a knowledge of Economics the truth is blindly true. These rich elites are quite happy to see the U.K. go down the tube as their money is hidden away.
      This is one of the best written articles on the reason for Brexit I have read and the author is ro be congratulated for taking the time to put pen to paper

    • Not at all. The result serves to show the ignorance of the masses, does it not? And how easily people are manipulated. People like you, perhaps. You own this mess. You don’t honestly believe that you will be better off out of the EU? Absolute rubbish. As soon as the EU wanted to know where all the loot is kept and who owns it, ‘THEY’ want out. Your opinion and mine is irrelevant.

    • Hi Dave,
      Have you not considered that both of these things can be true? I’m one of those ‘Remainers’. It is absolutely clear that the referendum was lost because of the disenfranchised who wanted to give our Government a punch on the nose – because our Government is responsible for so many people suffering under unnecessary austerity measures. It’s understandable why this happened, even though it was the wrong thing to do.
      This is independent of why the Cons called a referendum in the first place. They called it because of the announcement of a change in EU laws with regard to tax havens. You see, this is cause and effect.

  • Britain is a Plutocratic Monarchy and fast becoming a Fascist state. With control of populist propaganda via the right wing press, which unfortunately feeds most of the news stories to the BBC and other media outlets I see little hope of the real truth of Britain’s exploitation by the super rich being explained to the largely indifferent voting public. Brexit, as explained above was purely to distance Britain from a Europe where citizens not subjects are demanding a fairer share of universal wealth and opportunity being available for the common good.

  • This spells out the reason and evidence for the manipulation and deceits that caused many people to vote Leave.
    Is this another case of the undermining of democracy without anyone being called to account and without a referendum being called into question? And does it also explain why Cameron fled the filed and May was only too ready to accept a result that would not have stood up as a clear majority for any other such major constitutional change? Where is the ombudsman for this?

  • Thanks. That seems to be the missing piece I was looking for. I have been wondering, since the elite is so determined to keep its power, how Cameron could really manage to do such a poor campaign for remain if he really wanted the UK to remain. Somehow, I thought, he must earn more if the UK leaves. Nothing else makes sense. And here you have presented the sense.

  • Can you all leave Mr. Cameron alone, please. Personally, I think he did a wonderful job as PM, I’m glad he refused to tighten the tax laws and I’m definitely glad he took us out of the EU. For one thing, their child protection directives were way over the top, as were the rules on women’s rights.

  • Thanks for this article- v interesting. I’m flabbergasted that the tax dodging elite are prepared to take such a huge gamble with a national economy. I can’t help feeling despair too that we’re still stuck with our archaic ‘First past the post’ voting system. Labour had the chance to change to PR but didn’t take it. The unending left/right trench warfare is so stuck in Victorian times. This country will go up like a tinderbox if we get a cliff- edge brexit.

  • Such skulduggery! They have proved beyond any shadow of any doubt, they couldn’t care less about the many! They have sold Britain for their own ends! Every single time!

  • Isn’t this article taken from “The Prostitute State – How Britain’s Democracy has Been Bought” by Donnachadh McCarthy? Good book and goes on to explore all the areas of our fatally captured political system in UK, in some depth.

  • Cameron held the referendum at the height of the refugee crisis. Throughout the campaign the British media listed the first item as the referendum followed closely by images of refugees streaming into and through Europe. Preserving tax avoidance was certainly the motivation of those who had the power to call a referendum, Cameron and his chums, but for a significant majority of the leave voters it was immigration. If Cameron genuinely wanted to remain in the EU, and not leave to protect his wealthy chums ability to avoid paying tax, then it was a very strange decision to hold the referendum in the middle of a refugee/immigration crisis given that it was the one issue the leave campaign had which connected to ordinary voters. Had Cameron waited 1 year until the TV screens were no longer filled with images of refugees marching through Europe, and towards the UK, would that have been sufficient to swing the vote the opposite direction? The timing of the election gave the leave campaign the greatest hope they had and I can not understand how any informed politician would not have realised that. The sheppard led the sheep to the wolves and then did the “honorable” thing and got out of sight as quick as possible so his part in the deception would soon be forgotten, out of sight…..out of mind.

    • Obviously the ploy at giving so.much Air Time to the refugees was a scaremongering tactic to keep any news away from the true reason the referendum was called, i.e. the tightening of the legislation on tax avoidance, threatening the country with an influx of refugees, why do you think Cameron got out so quick, how often has he been seen in this country since then????? Another TRAITOR to the people of this country to add to the list with this govts

    • I liked and commented under the “Tax Adviser’s” comment:
      most Brexiters saw Brexit as ‘the only way’ to avoid the threatened mass influx of foreign refugees into the UK via Europe, and tax havens were not in the Press news as a major issue. There is also the point I wish to make that there is nothing illegal about tax avoidance – tax evasion is illegal, but not tax avoidance by legal means. People have every right to protect their hard-earned money – there is nothing wrong with earning money and thus trying to keep your hard-earned money. I’ll give you a personal example – for all of my sales career I have needed a car in order to do the job of field sales: however how unfair to be taxed nearly a 1/3rd of my wage in company car tax: if I work out my hourly wage considering my ridiculously long hours worked, it is less than minimum legal wage! What is wrong with legal tax havens for legitimately-earned hard worker’s money??

    • That is one of the most sensible, objective comments, from an informed Tax adviser. Thank you so much for this very clear explanation! Myself, like many others in this country are fighting to keep up with understanding all the various facets of these various arguments [JOKE to follow – I live in the North of England, so what would I know? – is my answer to the comments above about ‘stupid’ Northerners!! ? ]

  • Suggest you look up Robert Mercer who set up Cambridge Amalytica, has links with Farage, swung the vote leave and as per the paradise paper leaks has his money stashed in Bermuda… A british tax haven…

  • – So, once again, maybe it’s time we all stop deluding ourselves and realize this brexit fiasco is backfiring big time thanks to a great big mammoth in the room…
    It has been blatantly obvious to anyone really paying attention that all this “EU REFERENDUM” fiasco has nothing to do with the interests or “protection of the British people” (just look at the tories – and “new labour’s” – track record) and everything to do with the “ring fencing” and protection of what ALREADY IS the most deregulated, money laundering, TAX HAVEN cesspit in the world and the parasites in the city of London.
    Ironically, this s now backfiring as well…

    And as for ‘unelected officials’, check out who sits to the right of the speaker in the “mother of all parliaments. Or does anyone really think it’s “the biggest financial center in the world” because they have your and the country’s ‘interest’ at heart?!?!

  • I am very afraid that it looks like the government is trying to provoke violence so they can declare martial law.
    Civil War is being formented and heaven know where that will take us.

  • With regards to new business and wealth creation, the Europeans get partnership and nurture. The British in general do not. So, for the Tories, wealth is to be garnered furtively; away from the state, which is to be regarded with suspicion. This will lead to wilful tax evasion. It does, and often. The correlation with criminality is obvious. The evasion of a more enlightened approach to enriching the totality of the UK is depressing in its utter antisociality, and it is endemic to England. It is regarded as normal here. The British have no modern intellectual framework to counteract it.

    To put it simply, this is dysfunctional. The UK has got it so utterly wrong on this essential matter it is difficult to know where to begin describing it. The correction needs to be architectural.

    The EU is a 21st century actor, but the UK seems to be stuck in the 19th.

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