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TALKS !

November 13, 2017 // 13 Comments

So, Eurocrats want the UK to agree a hefty ‘divorce settlement’ before they will proceed to trade talks. This reminds me of a scenario to which I have referred recently here on UKIP Daily. Very nearly 12 years ago, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair returned from meetings with various members [...]

News review – Friday 3 November 2017

November 3, 2017 // 11 Comments

Brexit Express BREXIT minister Steve Baker insisted the UK will not give away its negotiating hand in EU talks despite European Council President Donald Tusk and Brussels chief negotiator Michel Barnier claiming they want a positive relationship after the UK quits the bloc. Mr Baker, Parliamentary [...]

David Davis’ comments after the fifth round of negotiations

October 13, 2017 // 1 Comment

Following the fifth round of Brexit negotiations, David Davis said: At the last round of talks we spoke of a new dynamic and Michel has referred to that. Our negotiating teams have continued to work constructively together in a professional and determined manner this week, and they have developed [...]

Bombardier – what now?

September 28, 2017 // 8 Comments

In a cynical and completely predictable act the US authorities have slapped a 219% tariff on the Bombardier C Series jet. The charge is that Bombardier had received development and infrastructure funding from the Canadian and British governments. Delta ordered 125 of those jets, much to the chagrin [...]

EU Trade: the need for “hard-nosed” negotiators – Part I

July 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

Background On Friday 15 July David Davis published his ”Brexit Bluprint”, a convenient framework for discussion: Britain would start the process of leaving the European Union by the end of this year, after consulting with administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and other [...]

Abolishing National Insurance – a tremendous gamble

July 26, 2015 // 5 Comments

George Osborne is thinking about abolishing National Insurance (NI) as a separate tax and incorporating it into income tax. The implications of such a move would be very far-reaching because the basic NI rules are complex and affect far more than just NI deductions.  The practical IT difficulties [...]

The principles of taxation – a guide for politicians – Part 1

October 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

In this 3-part article, we will explore 16 different ideas that can help shape taxation policy. They are: Taxation is inevitable How much tax will people bear? What counts as taxation? Visible and invisible tax Hypothecated tax Taxation in a command economy Taxation in a market economy Social and [...]