Shire quits UK over tax

The Confederation of British Industry has raised concerns about the UK’s
anti-competitive tax regime after Shire announced it would relocate to Ireland
where tax rules are more favourable for business.

Richard Lambert, CBI Director-General, said: ‘We are particularly worried
that an uncompetitive corporate tax system is spoiling the UK’s attractiveness
as a place to do business, and that other internationally-mobile firms will
follow Shire’s path.’

FTSE 100-listed Shire, the third-largest pharmaceutical firm in the UK, is
set to pay significantly less tax by becoming a tax resident in Ireland.

The company re-assured market concerns over the change of residency, saying
the change would not affect Shire’s UK operations or workforce. But this will
mean a loss of income for the Treasury, the Telegraph reported.

A company statement said: ‘Shire has concluded that its business and its
shareholders would be better served by having an international holding company
with a group structure that is designed to help protect the group’s taxation
position, and better facilitate the group’s financial management.’

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