Reading through the comments responding to the previous post, it seems the point I was trying to get across hasn’t landed as intended. So hopefully this better defines the real issue.
The primary issue is not about whether corporations pay tax, or even how much they pay. The issue is about who decides, the nation state, or the European Union with its judicial court bristling with legal primacy sitting in Luxembourg.
This is about sovereignty.
Without sovereignty over the law and over taxation rules in this country, the UK does not have the competence – the right or ability – to decide what entities operating here pay tax, or how much they should pay. As such our nation state cannot effect change, be it positive or negative. We are powerless and at the mercy of foreign legal and fiscal institutions that are beyond the control of the British people and are not accountable to us.
But no one is talking about this essential issue.
It was dodged in Parliament during HMRC’s examination by the PAC. It has been ignored by the media despite the matter being in plain view and ripe for massive coverage. Crucially, it gives lie to the oft repeated claims of the politicians that we are still an independent country, and are just sitting within a club of member states.
Control over the essential matters that determine whether a nation state is just that, has been removed from our national parliament and legal structures.
This has been done without our permission or consent. But the emerging consequences, while provoking all sorts of complaints, investigations and hearings – be that concerning taxation of geographically distributed corporations; regulation affecting energy prices and ownership of our energy providers and means of energy generation; regulation affecting water prices and ownership of our water companies; and even the regulation affecting how we collect and dispose of rubbish and the costs loaded on to us as a result – are not being connected back to the root cause… removal of sovereignty.
That is the real issue. That has to be the area of our focus. That is the battleground to determine how and by whom the UK is governed. It is about sovereignty.