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Is Johnson taking us back to war with France, over FISH?

Some of us have spent years saying the Tories are living in the past; now Boris Johnson’s Brexit is proving the truth of it.

He is putting us on the brink of war with France for the first time in 206 years.

Over fish.

He has made us the villains by trying to impose rules on fishing near the Channel Islands that were not part of the UK-EU trade deal. The French are – rightly – refusing to countenance them and are threatening to cut off Jersey’s power supply.

So he has reacted in a manner that is not only arrogant, it is also typically – for a Tory – archaic: he is sending a gunboat. Two, in fact,

Spike Milligan was writing jokes about this, back in the 1950s; rulers of a country whose empire is falling into ruins, desperately trying to hold on to a greatness they no longer have with brinkmanship. The comedy is that they would be fools to launch the military expeditions they threaten.

But there is nothing funny about this. It merely proves that those who claimed that the EU – a pan-European alliance of nations – was created to prevent another war on that continent were right; the UK’s hardly been out for five minutes and we’re setting ourselves up for a rumble.

It is ridiculous. It is insane.

Johnson will lead the UK into a humiliating defeat – both legally and militarily, if he takes it that far.

And he’s going to make the rest of us – right-thinking UK citizens – look ridiculous too.

If nobody reintroduces him to sanity, I wonder where it will end.

Source: UK sends Royal Navy to patrol Jersey port amid fishing row – BBC News

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Treasury tries to thwart EU plans for tax haven blacklist. Whose side do YOU take?

Crown dependencies such as Guernsey are among the jurisdictions that have a zero rate of corporation tax [Image: Alamy Stock Photo].

Crown dependencies such as Guernsey are among the jurisdictions that have a zero rate of corporation tax [Image: Alamy Stock Photo].

I’m with the EU on this one – tax avoidance harms the UK and the attitude of Conservatives like David Gauke should be judged against that fact.

The UK government is fighting a rearguard action to prevent Guernsey, Jersey and British overseas territories from going on an EU blacklist of tax havens.

At a meeting of EU finance ministers on Tuesday in Brussels, David Gauke, chief secretary to the Treasury, will tell his counterparts that the UK opposes attempts to put territories with a zero rate of corporation tax on an EU list of “non-cooperative” jurisdictions.

The EU vowed to draw up a blacklist of tax havens following the revelations in the Panama Papers, an unprecedented leak of 11.5m files from the database of the world’s fourth-biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. Brussels pledged to throw light on the shady “treasure islands” that help multinationals and wealthy clients avoid paying tax.

Crown dependencies Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, as well as British overseas territories Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, are among the jurisdictions that have a zero rate of corporation tax, according to the EU’s executive arm, the European commission, in a recent analysis of risk factors intended to show whether a jurisdiction may be promoting tax avoidance.

The commission has been leading the charge for greater transparency on tax havens and wants to draw up a list of “non-cooperative jurisdictions” by the end of next year.

Source: Treasury tries to thwart EU plans for tax haven blacklist | World news | The Guardian

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