Politicians have slammed HMRC’s new proposals which would allow Britain’s taxman to take money directly out of bank accounts without a court order – breaching the 800-year-old protection of ordinary people inscribed in the Magna Carta.

During a three hour Treasury Select Committee hearing, MPs said they were “horrified” by proposals allowing HMRC to siphon cash directly out of ordinary Britons’ bank accounts, especially given the taxman’s history of mistakes.

“We are talking about the ability of one organ of the state to have the unique right to go against the Magna Carta charter and go in and seize – without judicial process or review – a bank account,” said John Thurso, Liberal Democrat for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

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