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Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has set out his views on tax policy, among other areas, in a booklet entitled ‘Beyond Brexit – Liberal policies for the age of identity’, published in March.

It was a game of two halves but the result was a stalemate.

Our regular update of tax and customs-related developments in secondary legislation, now expanded to cover relevant non-Brexit SIs too.

The Scottish parliament has confirmed the rates and thresholds for income tax that will apply to the non-savings and non-dividend income of Scottish taxpayers from 6 April 2019.

MPs took a break from Brexit to debate beer taxation on March 28th, in a debate allocated by the Backbench Business Committee. The prime movers in obtaining the debate were three officers of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group – Mike Wood and Nigel Evans (both Conservative) and Ruth Smeeth (Labour).

Two new tax/customs related statutory instruments (SIs) have been laid. 


The next twenty years of devolution will see a consolidation of Scotland’s devolved tax powers and the need for the Westminster and Holyrood governments to work together to ensure the health of the tax system.

It was a quiet statement on the tax front. These are our main quick observations.

The former head of the UK tax authority was one of the speakers at the latest CIOT/IFS Debate, on the topic of the powers of HMRC and the responsibility of citizens in today's world.

Our weekly update of developments in Brexit-related secondary legislation. Four more statutory instruments (SIs) have been tabled.