The European Union’s order for Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($14 billion) in back taxes to Ireland “defies reality and common sense,” the US company said on Tuesday, as it launched a legal challenge against the 2016 ruling.
A law passed by Britain’s parliament this month requires PM Boris Johnson to ask the EU for a three-month delay to Brexit if a deal is not approved by October 19.
The contours of a possible Brexit deal are now clear so divorce talks between Britain and the European Union are at a crucial juncture, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Monday.
French investigators have been seeking to establish whether Google, whose European headquarters are based in Dublin, failed to pay its dues.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday there was still every chance for Britain’s divorce from the European Union (EU) to take place with a deal although Berlin is prepared for a disorderly Brexit in case that does not happen.