Skip to comments.Cameron says EU-wide financial tax would harm Europe
Posted on 01/08/2012 4:41:08 PM PST by Olog-hai
British Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday he would block any attempt to introduce an EU-wide financial transaction tax because he fears it will harm jobs and prosperity in Europe.
Cameron said countries such as France pushing for the introduction of such a levy were welcome to go ahead and introduce it within their own borders.
But implementing a tax in the European Union when countries in the rest of the world were not bound by it would have a negative effect on jobs and prosperity in Europe, he said.
"If the French themselves want to go ahead with a transactions tax in their own country then they should be free to do so," Cameron said in an interview with BBC TV.
"But the idea of a transactions tax put in place only in Europe that doesn't include other jurisdictions, what that would do is it would cost jobs, it would cost us tax revenue, it would be bad for the whole of Europe.
He said he would block any attempts for an EU-wide transaction tax.
"We would see a whole lot of institutions and activities go to other jurisdictions, to other places," he said.
Britain fears that if a financial transaction tax is introduced across the 27-nation EU, then banks and financial institutions operating in London would leave and move to countries such as Switzerland or China to avoid it.
Such fears about the powers of the City of London financial district being curbed were behind Cameron's veto of a new EU-wide treaty change to tackle the eurozone crisis at a Brussels summit in December.
The move sparked questions about Britain's future in the bloc.
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The French just want to siphon off some money from London's financial markets because the Germans' alimony payments aren't paying the bills anymore. Sarkozy's got an election coming up and a tanking French economy won't help him at all.