European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager dismissed Cook’s broadside, saying the demand for a £11billion (€13bn) back tax payment was based on the facts.
Washington has lined up with the tech giant, accusing the European Union of trying to grab tax revenue that should go to the U.S. government.
But in Ireland itself, the government and public opinion are divided over whether to take the windfall – which would fund the country’s health system for a year – or reject it in the hope of maintaining a low tax regime that has attracted many multinationals, creating jobs.
A group of independent lawmakers, whose support is crucial to the minority coalition’s survival, called for a review of how tax is collected from multinationals.
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