Maybe so, but I’ve never heard of another country being sent out to collect everyone else’s debts. It smacks of the EU looking to give us a bit of a kicking, even after we were very complaint in nationalising the bank debt (owed to the German pension funds) to the tune of approx. €200Bn.
I don’t think anyone has clean hands in this case, the French also have a lower effective tax rate than us at 8.2% after all the claimable exemptions and Luxembourg’s (home of the brass plate corporation) is just 4.1%. I don’t see them being hounded in the same way by Brussels, or am I missing something here. Not saying that excuses any wrongdoing on our part, it just looks like part of a wider agenda in the EU and as a way of leaning on us to sign up for CCCTB