Amsterdam — Unilever's withdrawal of plans to move its headquarters to Rotterdam looks likely to trigger political fallout for Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte over his unpopular proposal to scrap a withholding tax on dividends. Unilever said it had given up on moving to Rotterdam for now under pressure from shareholders at its British arm, who worried about the future tax treatment of Dutch dividends. Rutte, who worked for Unilever from 1992-2002 before entering politics, had yet to respond to the news early on Friday. But he will be bracing for a barrage of questions at his weekly media conference later in the day over whether the 15% dividend tax — earmarked for removal in theory to attract foreign investment — will now be retained after all. While doubts have grown in recent weeks among dual-listed Unilever investors over the wisdom of the move to a sole headquarters in the Netherlands, Rutte has been fighting an increasingly lonely battle in favour of scrapping the tax. Opponent...

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