ROBINSON ALLA RICERCA DI EQUITA’ FISCALE
Peter Robinson cerca di garantire la stabilità economica del Nord nel contesto dell’intervento internazionale per salvare l’Eire
Il primo ministro nordirlandese, Peter Robinson, è tornato a parlare sulla situazione economica nel Sud. Il leader del DUP, infatti, ha definito “irragionevole” il pachetto di salvataggio economico offerto dal Fondo Monetario Internazionale alla Repubblica d’Irlanda nel caso in cui non fosse garantito al Nord l’allineamento fiscale con i vicini.
Al momento l’aliquota della “corporation tax” al Sud del confine è solo del 12,5%. mentre al nord si aggira intorno al 28%. Robinson ha auspicato un livellamento dei due sistemi di riscossione fiscale per garantire un equo sviluppo tra i due paesi.
Il Taoiseach Brian Cowen ha, tuttavia, rifiutato di aumentare le corporation tax, nonostante le voci critiche proveniente dal Nord che parlano di “concorrenza sleale”.
Anche il vice di Robinson, Martin McGuinness, si è detto preoccupato della situazione di sbilanciamento fiscale tra Nord e Sud: “Siamo molto incoraggiati da alcune rassicurazioni e in attesa di ricevere maggiori dettagli nelle prossime settimane. Sull’isola entrambe le economie sono intrecciate. Ed è fondamentale che il Sud riceva ogni assistenza disponibile per garantire la stabilità economica in tutta l’isola”, ha detto.
Gli sfoghi di Peter Robinson a UTV (Video)
Robinson sets NI price for bail-out (UTV)
First Minister Peter Robinson says a reduction in corporation tax in Northern Ireland is the price the Republic must pay for the bail-out.
The DUP leader was speaking ahead of his party annual conference, where he is expected to marshal his troops for the May Assembly elections.
Mr Robinson told UTV the estimated €85bn EU/IMF rescue package being negotiated by Dublin will be “unconscionable”, if Northern Ireland is not granted the ability to reduce the tax rate to match the rate implemented in the Republic of Ireland.
The main level of corporation tax in the UK is 28% for 2010, while that south of the border is only 12.5%.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen has refused to raise the controversially low tax rate as part of the Irish Government’s radical austerity measures to restore the State’s finances by 2014.
Business leaders and politicians in the region have argued that this puts Northern Ireland at an unfair disadvantage.
In my view, if they’re getting the advantage of European funding and funding from the United Kingdom Government, it’s hard to argue that they should be given money to have a more competitive edge over Northern Ireland.
Mr Robinson says the financial crisis in the Republic will have a big impact on the region due to the levels of cross-border trade and investment.
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mark Hoban met with Northern Ireland leaders on Wednesday to discuss the UK’s role in the bail-out of the Republic of Ireland.
Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said they sought and received assurances on corporation tax.
“We are greatly encouraged by these assurances and look forward to receiving further detail in the coming weeks. Both economies on this island are intertwined. It is vital that the South receives every assistance available to ensure economic stability throughout the island,” he said.
SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie has welcomed assurances that the UK government also intends to support the Irish position on corporation tax.
“This is important, not only because we advocate an equally low rate in the north, but because competitiveness in this area is vital to inward investment and generation of economic growth from which the island as a whole benefits.”
But UUP leader Tom Elliott says the Coalition Government must ensure Northern Ireland is not placed at a disadvantage.
“Indications were made that HM Government strongly supports the protection of the Republic’s level of Corporation Tax. I understand the logic of this approach as it will allow our neighbours to trade out of their current difficulties. However, it is therefore of paramount importance that the Coalition devolve the power to vary the level of Corporation Tax to the Northern Ireland Executive”, Mr Elliott said.