December 13, 2005

M&S wins landmark tax for EU Tax harmonisation

As expected the ECJ has ruled in a way to help create tax harmonisation by the back door.
In a landmark ruling, the European court today upheld M&S's claim that British tax law flouted European Union regulations, in a move that will see the retailer receive a £30 million tax windfall from the Treasury.
Dispite tax never being part of the EU's jurisdiction (until now) and one of Tony Blair's Red Lines that he actually managed to defend (more or less) from the EU Constitution
Mr Blair won a verbal assurance from the EU's Italian presidency in December that all moves to QMV on tax [harmonisation] would be dropped
The constitution may now be dead, but the process of integration continues as before.


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