British travellers will once again be able to take advantage of duty-free alcohol and cigarettes on the continent if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead.
The possibility of Britain crashing out of the European Union on 31st October has left many question marks, but one thing is now for certain: the UK government will “with immediate effect” re-establish the ability to make duty-free purchases of cigarettes and alcohol for Brits traveling abroad by removing excise taxes that are currently in place.
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, has declared his approval of the plan, saying: “As we prepare to leave the EU, I’m pleased to be able to back the British travellers. We want people to enjoy their hard-earned holidays and this decision will help holidaymakers’ cash go that little bit further.”
This could mean some significant savings for UK passengers. A bottle of wine for a departing customer could be roughly GPB2.20 less expensive than today and two cases of beer could be GPB12 less.
The option for Brits returning home from the continent to bring unlimited amounts of cigarettes and alcohol and paying duty on it would still be available as it is now, but for those requiring less quantities, the duty-free option would be a pocketbook-friendly choice.
The repeal of excise taxes will only go into effect in the case of a no-deal Brexit, but government officials believe this announcement will give the public a much needed boost and a bit of positivity for what the future may hold.