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Tomorrow, on high streets across the country, (United Kingdom) there are likely to be sit-ins in Topshop, blockades of BHS, flash mobs in Dorothy Perkins, and occupations of Miss Selfridge. Why? Because Sir Philip Green, owner of the Arcadia Group of retailers, ninth richest man in Britain and a government adviser, is a tax avoider.
While Green lives and works in the UK, the Arcadia Group is registered in the name of his wife, Tina, who is resident in Monaco and so enjoys a 0% income-tax rate. In 2005 this arrangement allowed the Greens to bank £1.2bn, the biggest paycheck in British corporate history, without paying a penny in tax.
With London crowded with Christmas shoppers, the protest caused huge disruption on Oxford Street, with BHS, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge - all owned by Sir Philip's Arcadia group - closed to customers.
The group walked back from a closed Miss Selfridge to BHS, also owned by Sir Philip, shouting: 'Philip Green, pay your tax, it's our money and we want it back' and 'We are the tax enforcement society'.
Once outside the store, they shouted: 'If you want to sell your products, pay your tax' and 'Nick Clegg, shame on you, shame on you for turning blue'. The shop was also closed to customers.
Causing traffic to stop, they moved on to Dorothy Perkins, also part of Arcadia, but the shutters of the store were down.
There are a number of microstates in Europe; due to their size, they are often closely linked with another larger state. Currently, the European microstates have special relations with the European Union.
They remain outside the Union, some due to the cost of membership, the EU not being designed with microstates in mind. Two other smaller countries in Europe, Luxembourg and Malta, are full members of the Union