Britain wants a US trade deal and a tech tax – Aljazeera.com

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The United Kingdom desires a post-Brexit trade deal with the United States but is demanding imposing a digital service tax on the income of companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, business secretary Andrea Leadsom stated on Thursday.

” The United States and the United Kingdom are committed to entering into a trade deal with each other and we have a very strong relationship that returns centuries – so a few of the disagreements that we might have more than particular concerns do not in any method damage the excellent and strong and deep relationship between the United States and the UK,” Leadsom told Talk Radio.

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” There are always tough negotiations and difficult talk however I think where the tech tax is worried it’s absolutely essential that these big multinationals who are making unbelievable quantities of income and earnings ought to be taxed and what we want to do is to work globally with the rest of the world to cover with a proper routine that makes sure that they’re paying their fair share.”

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Under the British strategy, tech companies, which generate a minimum of 500 million pounds ($657 m) a year in international revenue, will pay a levy of 2 percent of the cash they make from UK users from April 2020 onwards.

Plans to tax US-based multinational social media business in other nations where they operate have actually previously stimulated fury in Washington.

After France announced its “tech tax” strategies in July 2019, President Donald Trump stated the United States would hit France with a “substantial mutual action”.

” If anyone taxes them, it ought to be their home Nation, the U.S.A.. We will announce a considerable mutual action on Macron’s absurdity shortly,” Trump tweeted, describing French President Emmanuel Macron. “I’ve constantly said American white wine is much better than French wine!”

UK secretary for international trade, Liz Truss, said on Thursday that UK tax policy was a matter for the UK treasury, not the United States or the European Union. French finance minister Bruno Le Maire likewise stated on Thursday that a contract had actually been reached which would permit discussions on a digital tax plan at next week’s OECD conference.

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Huawei

Leadsom on Thursday likewise said a decision would quickly be taken as to what function China’s Huawei will have in Britain’s 5G telecoms network. She did, however, mention that the government had couple of options.

” Well, there other providers, but they are restricted. Ideally, there would be more companies of infrastructure comparable to the work that Huawei does, however the UK is looking very carefully at this issue and we will be making a final decision soon,” Leadsom informed Sky.

” It is an ongoing process and there are all sorts of elements to take into account, like the accessibility of other service providers, like the work that Huawei [have] already done in the UK, so these discussions are ongoing,” she said.

The possibility of the UK using Huawei to develop next-generation infrastructure has actually raised alarm bells in Washington, where authorities see the Chinese tech giant as a cybersecurity hazard, possibly permitting Beijing a secret backdoor into surveilling worldwide interactions.

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British authorities have formally advised approving Huawei a minimal function in the UK’s future 5G network, withstanding US calls for a complete ban, 2 individuals with understanding of the matter informed Reuters.

The recommendation, made at a meeting of officials from senior federal government departments and security agencies on Wednesday, was revealed on Thursday, in advance of next week’s meeting of Britain’s National Security Council which will decide how to release Huawei equipment, the sources stated.

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