The Freedom Association’s Better Off Out campaign’s weekly review


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Underneath is a shortened summary of some of the main Brexit related news stories and opinions from the past week. Before that though…

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MAKE A DIARY NOTE: For those in the Croydon area, the Croydon Leave Campaign is to hold a public meeting to reconfirm Britain’s opportunities once we are fully outside the EU.  Speakers will include London Assembly Member David Kurten and Chris Philp MP. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A.

The public meeting will be held at 7:30 pm in the Clyde Hall, Clyde Road, Croydon, CR0 6SZ, Thursday 1st March 2018. To register, please click here.

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Leave Means Leave: “A Very Worrying Week”

LEAVEMEANSLEAVEFrom Leave Means Leave Campaign,

“The Treasury and the IMF have been made to look extremely foolish”

It has been a busy week with lots of Brexit developments. Unfortunately, most of them are very worrying.

A report – almost certainly leaked by the Treasury – unsurprisingly predicted doom and gloom when Britain leaves the EU. Given the key role the Treasury played in Project Fear and the fact their projections have been so wildly inaccurate, these reports are completely discredited and should be ignored.

Far wiser economists have dismantled the gloomy predictions of a post-Brexit economic crash and have forecast that the UK’s economy could see a Brexit boost of £135 billion a year.

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Get Britain Out: Rampant Anti-Brexit Bias Across the Establishment

GetBritainOut_logoPublished by the Get Britain Out Campaign, 02 Feb 2018

All of Great Britain must have let out a collective groan this week, as draft Treasury so-called Brexit ‘impact assessments’ were suspiciously leaked into the public domain. This reaction was not prompted by the fictitious content of the reports, however, but was rather an indicator of how discredited the Treasury has become as a forecasting body, seemingly dedicated to promote an anti-Brexit bias.

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Labour Leave Campaign Recognises EU Negotiators Desire To Keep Us On the Hook

LabourLeave_150By Edward Rennie, Labour Leave Campaign

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At Labour Leave we cautiously welcomed the moving on of Brexit talks on to the second stage. A divorce bill on the larger end of the EU’s demands of £60-100 Billion has apparently been avoided. The ECJ will not be the final authority on EU Citizens rights in the UK, and Northern Ireland will not be required to stay in the EU internal market or the customs union.


Significant matters of concern are still looming. On EU citizens UK courts will still have to give ‘due regard’ to ‘relevant’ decisions of ECJ on a permanent basis. Lastly the compromise over the Irish border includes that in the ‘absence of agreed solutions’ the UK ‘will maintain full alignment with those rules of the Internal Market and the Customs Union which, now or in the future, support … the all-island economy’. Then Philip Hammond curiously suggested that we would pay the agreed settlement even if we didn’t have an acceptable free trade deal with the EU.

Together with this we learn that the EU wants to make stage two of talks about the ‘transitional period’ leaving substantive trade talks until a new ‘stage 3’!

You can see what the EU is up to. In its vision of a tariff free trade deal it sees the UK binding itself to internal market regulations rather than mutual recognition with ultimate decisions on that having ‘due regard’ to the ECJ and binding us to pay £40 Billion in stage 2 before we’ve accepted or rejected their offer on trade in stage 3.

The British government must resist this and Labour must not act as the henchman or handmaid to the EU’s strategy. Keir Starmer’s interview with Andrew Marr where he talked of ‘staying aligned’ with the EU is therefore deeply disappointing.

At Labour Leave we will continue to work with our MPs that supported leaving the EU and those who genuinely accept the referendum result to ensure whilst we don’t give the government a blank cheque, neither do we undermine its negotiating strength nor betray the principle of self rule that the British public voted for.

Yours sincerely,

Edward Rennie,

Policy Analyst

Tax Justice Network – The Offshore Wrapper

It has been a super busy week here at Wrapper Towers, so this is a shorter update than usual.

Here at the TJN we were all devastated by the news of the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Daphne had for many years taken aim at the corruption and criminality that is becoming endemic to this small island tax haven.

In other news, our CEO Alex Cobham has been busy over the last week giving presentations at the Pan Africa Conference on Illicit Financial Flows in Nairobi, where he spoke on the campaign brewing to remove the target to reduce tax avoidance by multinational companies from the Sustainable Development Goals. You can see the slides from his presentation and listen to an audio recording here.

And just a few days later Alex was in Washington DC at the annual meeting of the World Bank Group talking about taxing wealth and addressing wealth inequality.

Alex has written about the event, here, where you can also see a video of the presentation.

Finally, do take a look at the excellent new research published by the Financial Transparency Coalition this week. Their new report – Unequal Exchange – looks at the implementation of the Automatic Exchange of Information System. Automatic Exchange is designed to combat tax evasion and other financial crimes by making banks and other financial institutions report to foreign tax authorities when a citizen of their country opens an account. The system isn’t universal, with countries able to opt in and to decide which other countries they wish to exchange with. The FTC has analysed the current state of play, and found that the vast majority of information flows are between high income countries, with lower income countries benefitting very little from the system.

The latest from the TJN Blog

Tax justice, the new Washington consensus?

I had the honour of giving a keynote address atRead the full article… The post Tax justice, the new Washington consensus? appeared first on Tax Justice Network.

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Malta & corruption: Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia killed by car bomb

As reported by Reuters, Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s best-known investigative journalistRead the full article… The post Malta & corruption: Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia killed by car bomb appeared first on Tax Justice Network.

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Our October 2017 Spanish language Podcast: Justicia ImPositiva, nuestro podcast de octubre 2017

Welcome to this month’s latest podcast and radio programme inRead the full article… The post Our October 2017 Spanish language Podcast: Justicia ImPositiva, nuestro podcast de octubre 2017 appeared first on Tax Justice Network.

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Naomi Fowler


Tax justice: A powerful means to address inequality CIDSE

A new global solution to money laundering will mainly just help rich countries Quartz
On a report (linked yesterday) by the Financial Transparency Coalition and Christian AID.

PANA Committee finds resistance to reforms by ‘some member states’ Malta Today

Azerbaijan Laundromat shows UK is choice of crooks and despots, says Hodge The Guardian

UK banks’ money laundering risks in South Africa show why senior bankers must be held to account Global Witness

Switzerland agrees to share tax information on multinationals Reuters
Cites TJN Director and Chair John Christensen: ”There are still some issues in Switzerland regarding tax transparency, but there has been progress, and the move to country by country reporting is a major step forward” 

Latin American & Caribbean network convenes its 4th Biennial Assembly in Buenos Aires Global Alliance for Tax Justice

#TaxJustice Tour in Hungary Global Alliance for Tax Justice

João Paulo Batalha – Corruption in Portugal: The mighty have fallen – the elite’s day of reckoning Brave New Europe

Austalia: Come hide with us – bean counters raid big law firms The Conversation
“Could the incursion be designed also to allow the accounting firms to assert legal professional privilege over tax advice for their multinational clients so they can keep that advice out of the hands of the Australian Tax Office?”

EU leaders want proposals on taxing online giants early next year Reuters

France dials back on digital tax plans after US meetings Politico

This Russian general fought the mob. Why does he own $38 million of Florida real estate? The Miami Herald

Bermuda’s New Premier Fires Back At ‘Tax Haven’ Accusations Tax-News
See our blog “We are not a tax haven.” They all say that, and #wanath

Unequal Exchange: How poor countries are blindfolded in the global fight against banking secrecy Financial Transparency Coalition & Christian Aid

Combating Illicit Financial Flows Through Corporate Tax Evasion, By Léonce Ndikumana Premium Times

Strengthening regional collaboration in international taxation Tax Justice Network Latin America & Caribbean (In Spanish)

Nigeria: Federal Government Cautioned on Use of Corporate Tax Incentives to Achieve Projects Implementation This Day Live

Panama Papers: Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif indicted over corruption claims  The Guardian

Final report of the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry: European governments heavily accused for failure Sven Giegold

#PanamaPapers: MEPs accuse EU national governments of lacking political will on tax avoidance EU Reporter

Offshore Shell Games 2017: The Use of Offshore Tax Havens by Fortune 500 Companies ITEP& U.S. PIRG
See also – Study: 73% of Fortune 500 Companies Used Offshore Tax Havens in 2016

Cayman Islands technocrats lobby on Capitol Hill Cayman News Service

Public country-by-country reporting is going to happen Tax Research UK

Six ways the UK’s financial regulation system is a protection racket for the elite Left Foot Forward
By TJN Senior Adviser @premnsikka

Running the numbers – How African governments model extractive projects – Analytical Report African Natural Resources Centre, African Development Bank

Web of Australian Adani solar companies leads to offshore tax havens The Guardian

Hong Kong Group to Acquire Liechtenstein Bank finews Asia
‘Just weeks after Luxembourg’s oldest bank was sold to Chinese firm Legend Holdings, a Hong Kong listed conglomerate has also moved into European private banking

UK banks ‘exposed to money laundering in South Africa’ BBC News

Did Uganda miss $38 million in tax from Actis-Umeme deals? The Observer

France Probes Danske Bank in Relation to Magnitsky Case OCCRP

Shell Executives Charged With Bribery In Italy PM News Nigeria
“In April, Global Witness and Finance Uncovered revealed that Shell executives knew that $1.1bn they paid for OPL 245 would go to Dan Etete and were likely to be used in a vast bribery scheme”

Rio Tinto: where were the auditors? Tax Research UK

Anne-Marie Waters Time Has Not Yet Come – Bolton Takes Charge Of Ineffective UKIP Rabble

Telegraph Headline: Ukip heads off split as former army officer Henry Bolton beats anti-Islam candidate to win leadership

, 29 September 2017 • 3:57pm

An outspoken critic of Islam failed to become the new leader of the UK Independence Party heading off a possible split in the party.

Anne-Marie Waters, who founded Sharia Watch UK, had been favourite to succeed Paul Nuttall who quit at the June general election.

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View Anne-Marie Waters HERE

UKIP’s Steve Crowther Congratulates German Afd On A Success To Savour


AfD and the German elections

You may have seen that I have issued a short statement congratulating the Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) party on their substantial gains in the German federal elections. The seats have not been allocated yet, but it seems that they will be on around 94 (from none previously), and are the second largest party in the former East German states.

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So It Goes – EU Ideological High Priests Vs Common Sense and Democracy

Junker_DictatorJuncker’s smug references to the Lisbon Treaty when justifying his vision of an EU superstate and military illustrates the danger faced by governments of nations that signed up to it. He is saying the direction the EU elite is taking has already tied the hands of Europe’s democracies. They are to become devolved committees subject to absolute EU Brussels rule in due course.

Essentially he and the rest of his anti-democratic institution are saying the EU’s respective previous governments should have read, understood and told you what they were signing you up to. Now you are mine, unquestionably mine and your previous governments are no longer around to argue the toss with the EU’s Dictatorship.

975154641_579cc8713fUnderstanding why many consider Gordon Brown’s signing of The Lisbon Treaty treason against the British State becomes ever clearer with each vowel and syllable uttered by the ideologically driven EU Commission and its massive overpaid army of EUrocrats.

‘EU is completely INTRANSIGENT!’ Bone rages at Brussels & says THIS is how talks will end

A CONSERVATIVE MP has insisted the UK will be forced to walk away from Brexit talks empty handed because it is not in Brussels chiefs’ interests to agree a deal.