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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

SNP Question Google’s Sweetheart Deal

As resentment continued to grow throughout Britain following Google’s £130 million deal with the UK taxman for a decade’s worth of multi-billion pound business, it emerged the SNP has sparked a Brussels investigation into the controversial back-dated deal.

EU’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager looks set to consider complaints about the agreement after the SNP wrote to her calling for an inquiry.

Stewart Hosie MP, SNP Deputy Leader, said a key problem with the back-tax deal was a lack of transparency.

“The truth is that we know very little about the settlement reached between the tax authorities and the company. These discussions have taken place in private; little detail has been revealed by the Treasury and the methodologies employed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs are shrouded in secrecy.”


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