UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe says European Parliament has ignored Luxembourg multi-billion tax scandal to protect Juncker
•The Motion of Censure against the Juncker Commission was today defeated in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. 101 MEPs voted in favour, 461 against, while 88 abstained.
UKIP voted in favour of the motion, the Labour Party voted AGAINST, while Conservative MEPs abstained.
Steven Woolfe, UKIP MEP for the North West, said that "the European Parliament has voted to protect the scandal-soaked Commission president rather than to protect their own people whose national tax revenues have been bled by Juncker's big business tax avoidance schemes.
"During the debate, those of us who backed this motion of censure warned that the credibility of the new president of the commission has been ruined by the disclosures that he had permitted 240 of the biggest multinationals in the world to enter into aggressive corporate tax avoidance in the Grand Duchy while he was prime minister.
"It is disgraceful that the Labour Party supported Juncker's sweetheart deals for multinational corporations; and impaled on the EU fence, the Tories abstained - will this office-hungry party stand up for anything?
"But the scandal of what Juncker did as the friend of big business will not go away just because today his euro federalist colleagues here in the parliament have defeated the motion of censure.
"What no one will forget is that while Juncker was letting multinationals off with dodgy deals and one per cent corporation tax, he was one of the eurozone bosses who were imposing spending cuts and tax rises on the suffering ordinary people caught in the trap of the single currency."