By Macer Hall
THE threat of a double tax raid on millions of Britons by the European Union caused uproar last night.
Business leaders condemned moves by Brussels to seize control of VAT on thousands of everyday items.
It could send prices soaring – and even allow the EU to decide whether to slap VAT on essential foods and children’s clothes.
In a second money-grabbing proposal, the European Commission yesterday announced plans to overhaul “green” fuel tax, which could mean a new eight per cent duty on diesel.
The Daily Express is campaigning to free Britain from EU rule, and 373,000 readers backed a petition delivered to Downing Street on the issue. There was outrage last night at the latest EU bid to squeeze more cash from British taxpayers.
Tory MP Douglas Carswell said: “Let’s hope that Chancellor George Osborne is a bit more vigorous in stopping this initiative than he was when allowing the UK to join the euro bail-outs.
“This Government must stop the EU taking control of taxation.”
The Institute of Directors, one of Britain’s leading business organisations, warned that proposals to harmonise VAT rules across Europe’s 25 member states could mean the end of Britain’s VAT exemption on food, children’s clothes, books and newspapers.