Rishi Sunak has launched a devastating attack on Ian Blackford, rebuking his call for an unproven tax which he said would only have a negative effect on British people’s energy bills ahead of winter. After the Westminster leader of the SNP called for an invented tax on energy companies, the Prime Minister said: “Mr Speaker, the right hon has raised the issue of the North Sea. And that is a point of significant difference between his party and ours.
“As Chancellor, I introduced the new tax on oil and gas companies because I believed this was the right thing to do.”
Mr Sunak added: “But where we will always be different is in the belief that our North Sea producers have an important role to play in our transition to net-zero.
“There is an important source of transition fuels, and we have to make sure we support them to invest in harnessing those resources for the British people.”
Successive Conservative governments have maintained the same line, saying that imposing higher taxes would discourage potential companies from investing in the British economy.
The SNP has repeatedly asked the Conservative Government to impose a tax on energy companies.
Leader Nicola Sturgeon has said Scottish industry is footing the bill for the UK government’s response to spiraling energy costs in the UK.
In response, Rishi Sunak will be proposing plans to expand the income tax on the energy giants in an attempt to raise billions to help balance the books, The Telegraph said.
When asked about a possible expansion of the levy, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “No option is off the table given the economic circumstances.”
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