Jeremy Corbyn “would whack corporation tax up to the highest in Europe”

Boris Johnson, Leadership debate, ITV

November 19, 2019

Claim

This was the second time Boris Johnson made this claim. The first came the day before in a speech to the 2019 Confederation of British Business Conference.

Facts

Labour’s manifesto had not at this stage been published. There was, nevertheless, no reason to believe Jeremy Corbyn would raise corporation tax to the highest in Europe. As Channel 4’s Fact Check noted: “Labour say they will raise the main rate of corporation tax to 26 per cent by 2022 — the level it was in 2011.” This would not be the highest in Europe. In France corporation tax starts at 31 percent, and in Belgium the rate is 29 percent.

(When the manifesto was published, after Johnson made his comments, Labour committed to raising corporation tax to 26 percent.)

Verdict

Boris Johnson had no basis in fact for his false claim.

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