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No taxes on alcohol and cigarettes bought in EU for UK citizens in event of no-deal Brexit

The EU abolished duty-free shopping between member states in 1999

10/09/2019 10:26:00

The EU abolished duty-free shopping between member states in 1999

The EU abolished duty-free shopping between member nations in 1999.

The British government will also forego taxes on similar products travelling in the opposite direction in an attempt to give the tourism sector a boost should the country leave the EU without a deal, finance minister Sajid Javid announced.The EU abolished duty-free shopping between member nations in 1999, saying it was incompatible with the single market.

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The government estimates that a bottle of wine purchased in an airport duty-free on the way to the EU after Brexit could be up to £2.23 (€2.50) cheaper.At the point of leaving the EU, travellers to the UK would still be able to bring home unlimited alcohol and cigarettes if they pay duty on it in the country of origin, as is the case currently.

But they would also have the option of buying limited amounts of duty-free alcohol and cigarettes at duty-free shops in Europe, said the government.“We want people to enjoy their hard-earned holidays and this decision will help holidaymakers’ cash go that little bit further,” said Javid.

The move was considered by previous prime minister Theresa May, when it was estimated that it would cost the Treasury between £150-£200 million (€168-€224 million) a year.Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke said that the move would help coastal towns such as Dover, which he represents.

“This will deliver a big boost for tourism – helping our coastal communities and ferry industry after Brexit,” he told the Sun UK.Coastal communities such as Dover had some of the highest proportions of Brexit votes in the country in the 2016 referendum.

Duty-free shopping is already permitted for travellers going to non-EU countries.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK will leave the EU on October 31, with or without a deal, but is currently deadlocked with MPs who have passed a law that could force him to extend the current Brexit deadline.


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