Anti-treaty MEPs say corporate tax rate under threat

Eurosceptic MEPs are set to enter the debate on Ireland’s forthcoming EU treaty referendum tomorrow with several due to arrive on Irish shores.

Politicians from Finland, Britain and Denmark are among those who will join the campaign for a no vote.

Members of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group will claim the treaty will lead to permanent austerity.

Leaflets will this week be delivered to homes and given out on the streets by members of the delegation.

A spokesman for the European Parliament group said up to five MEPs would visit Ireland this week. Claims that a yes vote will hit Ireland’s treasured low corporation tax will be among the issues raised.

The group campaigned for a no vote during Lisbon — the last EU treaty held in Ireland. Among those visiting will be deputy UK Independence Party leader Paul Nuttall and True Finns MEP Sampo Terho.

The MEPs will point to “unkept promises” made during the last EU treaty campaign as well as claiming that passing the fiscal compact treaty will lead to permanent austerity.

An eight-page leaflet for the MEPs claims the treaty will condemn voters to “perpetual debt”.

It shows a caricature of German chancellor Angela Merkel whipping people as well as a masked bank teller working for Franco-German banks holding up Irish voters with a gun.

It also shows a miniature Environment Minister Phil Hogan being dropped in a bin.

Danish MEP Morten Messerschmidt, who will also be coming to Dublin, last night said: “We wanted to emphasise the injustice of the Irish taxpayer being forced by the ECB to shoulder the private debts of Franco-German banks. We hold that a no vote is a mandate to repudiate the Franco-German bank debt.

“ECB head Mario Draghi said on May 3 that the Fiscal Treaty is the first step to a fiscal union. The EFD Group MEPs, aware that the European Parliament in April voted to introduce compulsory Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base across the EU, hold this will put huge pressure on Ireland’s corporate tax regime.


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