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Brexit: Can UK businesses now ignore the proposed EU financial transactions tax?

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Produced in partnership with Hilary Barclay of Stephenson Harwood
Published on LexisPSL on 21/09/2016

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  • Brexit: Can UK businesses now ignore the proposed EU financial transactions tax?

There are two schools of thought on how Brexit may prevent the Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) proposals from affecting the UK. The first is a policy argument, namely that the remaining EU jurisdictions will not want to impose a tax that drives businesses away from the EU (and towards a competitive post-Brexit UK) and will cancel the proposals. A second, more technical argument is that UK businesses will not be subject to the FTT if it is outside the EU.

Neither argument looks compelling at present but the policy point looks the more convincing of the two. Early indications are that the EU is unlikely

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