UK Will Force Global Tech Companies To Pay A Digital Tax

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond arrives in Downing Street in London

But Liam Byrne, shadow minister for digital, said that the digital services tax is "too little, too late".

Labour is set to table Budget amendments calling for income tax rises for high earners.

In a separate interview with Sky News, Mr McDonnell rejected the chancellor's claim that austerity is "finally coming to an end", saying it in fact "rolls on".

The chancellor added that the UK Government welcomes discussion on a possible replacement if there proved to be a consensus objecting the implementation of the digital services tax.

It was "for the birds" that the government would be able to eliminate the budget deficit by the mid-2020s, he said.

Mr Hammond insisted he remained confident the Government would reach an agreement with Brussels but said they had to be prepared for any eventuality, including a no-deal break.

He told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "The Tories usually do this".

Speaking to the Today Programme earlier, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, defended his spending decisions.

He took advantage of a £68 billion windfall from revised borrowing forecasts to help fund a £100 billion loosening of the purse-strings in Monday's Budget, promising voters a "brighter future" after years of austerity.

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Johnson said that, in the event that the public finances deteriorate, Hammond had probably "painted himself into a corner" which meant that he would "probably allow borrowing to persist at a higher level" given the political difficulty of imposing tough new spending cuts.

"The scale would be very hard to predict, given the lack of precedent".

"It's clearly not sustainable, or fair, that digital platform businesses can generate substantial value in the United Kingdom without paying tax here in respect of that business", Hammond said during his budget presentation to the British parliament.

The changes had been due to come into force in 2020.

"Mr Hammond said it would put "£130 in the pocket of a typical basic rate taxpayer".

While total spending, including the effect of inflation, is set to rise, spending as a fraction of national income will fall slightly.

He's also signaled he intends to increase National Health Service funding by 20 billion pounds a year by 2023 without raising taxes.

As well as giving, there was some taking.

The proposal would see USA giant firms in the likes of Facebook, Google, and Amazon paying additional taxes in the United Kingdom aside from the taxes they are already paying in the countries where their main headquarters are operating.

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