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Tracey Emin threatens to leave Britain

5th October 2009

One of the 'Britart' movement's leading stars has threatened to leave the UK because of the country's tax regime and lack of regard for artists.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Tracey Emin said she is 'not willing' to pay the 50 per cent tax rate on the wealthy, which comes into force in April next year, and would rather find a home in France.

'The French have lower tax rates and they appreciate arts and culture,' she continued.

Emin, whose controversial works include My Bed and Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963 - 1995, added that the current government 'has had no understanding for the arts' when determining its policies.

The 46-year-old also claimed that the French government has a history of supporting artists by offering them a range of subsidies and tax advantages.

During the interview, the artist criticised the government for entering into the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and said the UK cannot afford to host the 2012 Olympics.

In addition to art, Emin has penned several books including her memoir Strangeland, which was described as being 'eccentrically readable' by Glamour and 'painfully honest' by The Times.

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