Tory Brexiteers endorsed Brexit after Brussels decided to end tax-avoiding practices within EU member states
The biggest advantage of remaining in the EU is the new Anti Tax Avoidance Directive endorsed by Brussels, which would bring an end to ongoing tax-dodging practices, however, throughout his EU referendum campaign David Cameron declined to convey this to British and this why we ended up with Brexit.
To convince the British people to vote remain, Mr Cameron should have informed them that by staying in the EU, without Brexit his government would have had to implement EU’s Anti Tax Avoidance Directive by enacting new laws that would ensure the collection of due 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 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.”
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.”
Mr Cameron announced the date for the EU referendum soon after the exact details of the EU’s Anti–Tax Avoidance Directive were revealed.
The European Commission presented its proposal for the Anti–Tax Avoidance Directive on January 28th of 2016, and within a month, Mr Cameron announced the date for the EU referendum.
Shortly afterwards, 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 Sun, Daily Mail, Sunday 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 by securing sufficient Leave votes.
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.”
“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
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.”
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
- February 2015, Mr Cameron met with Robert Thomson, News Corporation chief executive, general discussion
- July 2015 – Mr Cameron met with Robert Thomson, general discussion
Telegraph Media Group, which controls The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph
- February 2013 – Mr Cameron met with Murdoch MacLennan, Guy Black (with John Witherow and Lionel Barber), to discuss Leveson Report
- April 2013 – Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay, general discussion
- September 2013 – Mr Cameron met with Murdoch MacLennan (with Tony Gallagher and Ian MacGregor), general discussion
- November 2013 – Mr Cameron met with Sir David Barclay, Telegraph owner, dinner
- May 2014 – Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay, general discussion
- October 2014 – Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay (with Fizzy Barclay), dinner
- January 2015 – Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay, general discussion
Express newspapers, which controls the Daily Star and Daily Express
- October 2013 – Mr Cameron met with Richard Desmond, general discussion
- January 2015 – Mr Cameron met with Richard Desmond, general discussion
- 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 and Hyde example, publicly campaigning to remain in the EU and secretly spending 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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
Of course, Brexiteers continue to argue that the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, attempted to block EU’s clampdown on tax avoidance.
However, once he became the President of the European Commission in 2013, Juncker’s institution has been actively engaged in drafting new legal framework to tackle the increasing and aggressive tax avoidance.
Compared to the British tax havens that are mostly used by the British greedy wealthy elite, Luxembourg serves as a tax haven for non-EU citizens and businesses.
Therefore, the EU’s new Anti Tax Avoidance Directive will not have much impact in Luxembourg or Malta, because it targets only individuals or businesses that generate profits from one of their member states.
In case you are still wondering about Mr Farage’s ambition, here’s what he had to say on the EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive at the EU Parliament and the way he defended tax avoidance of the wealthy Brits in the UK:
David Cameron failed to inform the British voters of the biggest advantage of staying, which is the EU’s new Anti Tax Avoidance Directive, because Tories are trying to deliver a no-deal Brexit and turn the UK into the biggest tax haven on planet earth!
The tendency of the British establishment to turn the UK into a Tax haven was also reiterated by Jeremy Corbyn:
“Britain is going to change as a result of leaving the European Union. The question is how. The Conservatives want to use Brexit to turn our country into a low wage tax haven.”
Post updated on 16 May 2020
Recently, the BBC’s fact check team revealed that the new measures included in the EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive are already transposed into the British Law, claiming that:
“… it’s hard to find anything happening in January 2020 to these rules that looks significant enough to influence the speed at which some people might want to leave the EU.”
However, as this article explains, the BBC fails to mention that the fundamental difference between the British and the EU law lies in the territorial and institutional jurisdictions and as this article explains, they will have enormous implications for wealthy British tax-dodgers.
Outside the EU tax-avoiding offences would be trialled at British Courts, which have done nothing to prosecute wealthy tax-dodgers who were exposed by the Panama Papers.
Whereas if we were to remain in the EU, tax-avoiding offences would be trialled at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) whose jurisdiction is strongly opposed by prominent Brexiteers.