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CBI face opposition to lack of tax changes in Scotland

One of the most powerful business men in Scotland said the CBI's Scottish chief is out of touch with members for saying tax powers for Holyrood would fragment the UK system

One of Scotland’ wealthiest businessman, Jim McColl, has accused the CBI of
not properly reflecting the attitudes of business in Scotland.

McColl made the statement yesterday at the launch of a campaign for fiscal
responsibility.

The comments come a day after Iain McMillan, director of CBI Scotland, said
plans to give Holyrood more tax powers would “fragment” the UK system and end up
costing Scottish businesses more the
Hearld
Scotland
reported.

McColl, chairman of Clyde Blowers one of Scotland’s largest manufacturing
companies, said this was the view of McMillan and not of all businesses in
Scotland.

“The CBI has fewer than 10% of business leaders in its membership. How can
you make a statement like that? It is just ridiculously misleading,” he said.

A CBI spokesman said the organisation’s legitimacy was not in doubt adding:
“The reality is that fragmentation of the laws and taxes affecting business
would have costs and risks and could undermine the single market and level
playing field that firms currently benefit from in the UK.

Further reading:

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and Indonesia win OECD tax backing

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face double whammy in tax avoidance clampdown

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