The debate from Thursday night’s show explored concerns over the taxing of big technology companies and the impact this could have on the UK. US President Donald Trump has vowed to increase taxes on car manufacturing in the UK if Prime Minister Boris Johnson presses ahead with his plan to increase taxes for big tech firms. The debate centred around this and many fears were raised.
Tory MP Ms Villiers explained that it was vital for these firms to pay their way and increase the taxation they provide.
However, fears then arose from one audience member that if the UK was to tax the big firm, the NHS may be put up as a makeweight.
The audience member said: “We know how Donald Trump operates he is very transactional and because there is alignment with the tax and he can change his mind very quickly.
“How do we know that the Tory Government won’t in exchange for taxing technology companies sacrifice the NHS?
“And then allow privatisation?”
Subtly, Ms Villiers said: “It won’t. It won’t.”
The debate took a surprising turn when, for once, Labour leadership hopeful Emily Thornberry admitted she agreed with Ms Villiers.
Initially, Ms Villiers said: “We’re going to go ahead with digital service tax. Vital big companies pay their taxes.
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