MEPs plot to impose financial transaction tax on UK

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  1. Dogfish


    Oct 6th 2011

    A group of European politicians is plotting to impose the financial transaction tax (FTT) in a way that Britain would be powerless to veto, a British Member of the European Parliament has warned.

    Dr Kay Swinburne, MEP and spokesman for Europe's economic and monetary affairs committee, told a group of regulators in Manchester that Britain was wrong to "relax" and rely on its veto to block the controversial tax.

    She said a group led by Algirdas Semeta, the European tax commissioner, had "already started work" on presenting FTT as a valued added tax (VAT) - which could be imposed without being ratified by a vote and therefore strip Britain of its right to veto.

    Under European rules, new taxes have to be agreed unanimously by all members but VAT can become law with a simple majority.