Opposition calls on Cameron to tackle British tax havens

martes 5 de abril de 2016 05:28 GYT

By Elizabeth Piper

LONDON, April 5 (Reuters) - The leader of Britain's main opposition party will call on government on Tuesday to do more to tackle tax havens, saying it was time British Prime Minister David Cameron stopped "pussyfooting around on tax dodging".

After leaked documents from a Panamanian law company how the world's rich and powerful used secretive offshore company structures to stash their wealth, Cameron has come under pressure to clamp down on tax evasion in British-linked territories.

Cameron has so far been silent on the release of the so-called Panama Papers, declining to comment on the naming of his late father and members of the ruling Conservative Party among the list of clients who used the law firm, Mossack Fonseca.

On Monday, his spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the leader's family had money invested in offshore funds set up by his father, saying it was a "private matter".

Leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, will say in a speech later on Tuesday that Cameron needs to do more.

"The government needs to stop pussyfooting around on tax dodging. There cannot be one set of tax rules for the wealthy elite and another for the rest of us," Corbyn will say, according to excerpts of his speech to launch Labour's campaign for local elections next month.

"This unfairness and abuse must stop. No more lip service. The richest must pay their way."

Corbyn will say that Britain has a "huge responsibility" as many tax havens are British overseas territories, like the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands, or Crown Dependencies, such as Jersey or the Isle of Man.   Continuación...