“Then along comes the vexing issue of the other week’s £11bn back-tax demand against Apple on behalf of the Irish government, initiated by the Margrethe Vestager, who is currently serving as the European Commissioner for Competition,” Aitken writes. “Some great timing for sure, no? She is said to be a very shrewd and tough operator, so what is she doing here? Both Apple and the Irish government say they will appeal. Theresa May does not like it either and Tim Cook, Apple CEO, has stated in the Irish media that the fine is ‘total political crap.'”
“What’s to say there won’t possibly even be more exits by other EU Member States triggered by this, going forward?” Aitken wonders. “And, now US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump even has stepped into the breach over the Brexit ramifications and stirring things up even more. Moreover, he might even turn the tables on Hillary Clinton by upping the Brexit rhetoric and win on 8 November in the US. Just think Mr Trump was once a laughable 100-1 to win the Presidency. Now that would something.”
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