DUP: Foster – “we will not accept any form of regulatory divergence”

DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA, www.mydup.com, 04 December 2017

“We note the speculation emanating from the European Union exit talks regarding the Republic of Ireland and United Kingdom border.

We have been very clear. Northern Ireland must leave the EU on the same terms as the rest of the United Kingdom. We will not accept any form of regulatory divergence which separates Northern Ireland economically or politically from the rest of the United Kingdom. The economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom will not be compromised in any way.

Read full story: DUP Website

UKIP: Mrs May must get a grip or go

Published ukip.org Dec 04, 2017

Decisions over a possible deal over the Northern Irish border today have stirred up a hornet’s nest of confusion, but there is an easier way say UKIP.

Gerard Batten MEP, the UKIP Brexit spokesman said,
“The feverish speculation about the EU negotiations and the Northern Irish border with the South has reached absurdity. The idea that the PM could negotiate a deal on the North Irish border without talking to the DUP is beyond credibility. However we do not yet know exactly what Mrs May has agreed or not agreed but it seems to hing on the words regarding ‘no regulatory divergence” as opposed to maintaining “regulatory alignment. In fact the UK in general has ‘regulatory alignment’ with the EU since having been members for 44 years our regulations are identical, or equivalent, to theirs. And now it appears to be so much sound and fury signifying nothing.

“Northern Ireland and its border with the RoI has always been a special case, and there is no reason why special arrangements for the movement of people, goods and services cannot continue post-Brexit.

“What today’s speculation shows is that Mrs May does not have a grip of the situation and is allowing the EU to set the pace in its efforts to undermine and reverse Brexit.

“Things have reached absurd heights when Sadiq Khan, Carwyn Jones and Nicola Sturgeon use the EU’s intransigence to demand UDI in reverse and to remain part of the EU.

“Mrs May should get a grip on the proceedings, she should tell the EU how things are going to work, not keep pleading with them and arguing about the amount of their ransom demand.

“That is unlikely to happen while she is in office. She needs to go now, or Brexit will surely be betrayed.”

Aruts Sheva: Swedish woman raped by refugee commits suicide after case closed


Prosecutor claims ‘lack of evidence’.

A Swedish woman who was raped by a Syrian refugee in March this year has committed suicide, reported Voice of Europe. The news was made public by Swedish investigative journalist Joakim Magnus Lamotte.

Read full story: HERE

Italy Wakes Up To True Nature of Franco-German Hegemony

PN-172_2Expess Headline: ‘We will never be your slaves!’ Italy in crisis as THOUSANDS demand EXIT from ‘EU MAFIA’

THOUSANDS of protesters took to the streets yesterday to demand Italy leaves the EU immediately, with march slogans labelling the European bloc a mafia.

Read full story: HERE

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.

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

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

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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

The Whole Objective Of EU Negotiating Position Is Delay and Defeat of Brexit

Its Time To Walk Away From A Bad “Deal”


  • Current Impasse should surprise no-one
  • British law should be sovereign in Britain. For Davis to even consider Barnier’s demand for ECJ primacy over Westminster, in any case, should be dismissed out of hand. Its an outrage.
  • Building delay and obfuscation into negotiations is the whole point of the EU position. It is a classic EU tactic based on the principle if you cannot get what you want now some pliant idiots will come along later, years later,  and can be corrupted into giving in. Hence the Blair, Cable, Soros, Branson, Corporatist(Hammond) and Banker Carney’s  Remain position
  • The anti-democratic nature of the EU makes Juncker and the EU ‘team’ unsackable, ideologically driven and arrogant.
  • Sadly Prime Minister May and her carefully selected Remain clique in cabinet are too close to the EU elite. They need to obtain an objective detachment from the EU’s institutions. That is being kind. You could be unkind and say she and Hammond are working for the EU and not the British people and they seek delay and obfuscation too on behalf of big business.
  • Many believe British sovereignty has been kidnapped by pre-meditated EU deceit and that May and her cabinet have the mentality of a kidnap victim assuming sympathy and alignment with its captors. A well understood kidnapping syndrome
  • The EU Commission is a proxy for Franco-German policy making and overlordship over EU states

DenounceTheDeception: The EU Divorce Bill is illegal! But the so-called Government aren’t telling you about it.

Ed – An interesting email popped up in the mailbox today about the website www.denouncethedeception.co.uk …. It’s one you probably will not see on the BBC or read about in the Guardian or Sky or Channel 4 or……


BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 02: British Quisling Theresa May sits in the audience before delivering a speech about Brexit(rap) on the first day of the Conservative Party Conference 2016 at the ICC Birmingham on October 2, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

  • King John attempted to surrender England to the Pope in 1213. The Roman Church wanted an annual payment of 1000 marks (£666).
  • The costs which the Roman Church wished to recieve from England were never payed because there can be no foreign authority in Britain under constitutional law to demand such a payment.

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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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IRELAND should declare a “state of emergency”

irexitrobbedExpress Headline: EU shock warning: Ireland ‘must call STATE OF EMERGENCY’ over Brussels

IRELAND should declare a “state of emergency” due to the “injustices” the nation is facing from the European Union (EU), a pundit has declared.

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