The European Union has gone to war with Apple and Irish sovereignty. The proceeding court case could abolish the freedom of every EU nation.
Apple is being accused of avoiding $14.5 billion in taxes. If found guilty they’d be forced to pay the huge sum along with back taxes to Ireland. On Tuesday, the European Commission claimed the company had paid close to no taxes at all for the last 11 years.
Apple CEO Tim Cook published an open letter on the tech giant’s website denying all charges of tax evasion.
“Over the years, we received guidance from Irish tax authorities on how to comply correctly with Irish tax law — the same kind of guidance available to any company doing business there,” Cook said. “In Ireland and in every country where we operate, Apple follows the law and we pay all the taxes we owe.”
Cook insisted in the letter that the EU was trying to step on Irish autonomy and rewrite it’s tax laws.
“The opinion issued on August 30th alleges that Ireland gave Apple a special deal on our taxes. This claim has no basis in fact or in law,” Cook said. “We never asked for, nor did we receive, any special deals. We now find ourselves in the unusual position of being ordered to retroactively pay additional taxes to a government that says we don’t owe them any more than we’ve already paid.”
Apple’s CEO insisted that if the EU’s claim is enforced it will de facto end the sovereignty of all 28 nations inside the union.
It’s almost unimaginable that Apple would ever be considered the underdog, but they might be Ireland’s only chance to save its nationhood, unless they decide to follow in the United Kingdom’s footsteps and Irishexit.