Molly has made a blistering attack on UKIP’s Nigel Farage following a debate in the European Parliament on the Paradise Papers revelations, accusing him and other leading Brexiteers of making use of offshore funds to avoid tax. She said:
“Farage’s speech today was a classic case of misdirection. The Paradise papers has clearly linked leading proponents of Brexit with tax avoidance tactics using the UKs network of offshore tax havens. It is hardly surprising then that he avoided the subject during our debate. But his description of the investigation of possible links between Russia and the Leave campaign as hysterical makes clear that this has touched a nerve. And his attempt to intimidate Ben Bradshaw MP by suggesting he has suspect links to George Soros is entirely reprehensible.”
In her own speech to the European Parliament today, Molly said:
“The Paradise Papers reveal the link between leading Brexiteers – including Tory donor Lord Ashcroft and Jacob Rees-Mogg – and these palm-fringed islands with their thousands of secret trusts and letterbox companies.
“Avoiding civilised rules on tax was always a part of the Brexit agenda but any attempt to turn Britain into the Singapore of the north is likely to founder since the EU should make cleaning up the overseas territories a condition of any future trade deal.”
Molly repeated her call for a second referendum on our EU membership:
“The deeper we delve into questions around who backed the referendum and why, the murkier it becomes. It all casts a very large shadow over the referendum result and reinforces the need for a ratification referendum at the end of the Brexit negotiations, with an option to remain in the EU.”