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UK Pm welcomes tech giant Apple to UK after EU orders Ireland to claw back £11bn

Britain would “welcome” Apple to the UK after the European Commission said the company should pay €13bn (£11bn) in unpaid taxes to the Irish state, Downing Street said on Tuesday.
The comments will fuel speculation that Britain – which could have left the EU within three years – is hoping that Apple could relocate here if the US tech giant re-thinks its position in the EU.
It comes after the commission said a sweetheart tax deal between Apple and Ireland was illegal under EU law, allowing the company to pay a tax rate as low as 0.005 per cent on its European profits for more than a decade.
“The narrative of the Government has been well set out. Britain is open for business, we welcome any company wishing to invest in Britain and Britain’s workforce”Prime Minister’s spokesman
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said today that the dispute about whether Apple had benefited from state aid was “clearly an issue for the Irish government, Apple and the European Commission”.
Asked if the UK would like to see Apple locate here, the spokesman said: “The narrative of the Government has been well set out. Britain is open for business, we welcome any company wishing to invest in Britain and Britain’s workforce.
“You have seen today that Liam Fox has laid out that we have had a record year for inward investment for the year up to May this year which is proof we are one of the most attractive places to do business in – we would welcome any company that is prepared to invest in this country.”
Asked if Apple could negotiate with the Treasury over tax, he said: “We have made clear that all companies that are registered in England pay the tax that they owe.”

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