Craig Mackinlay MP is today seeking confirmation from the Government that duty free sales of goods will be reinstated once the United Kingdom has left the European Union.
The South Thanet MP, along with other MPs including the Member of Parliament for Dover and Deal, Charlie Elphicke, have signed a joint letter to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, arguing that the resumption of duty free sales on travel to and from the EU will boost regional economies, particularly the towns and districts that are homes to ports and smaller airports, as well as the ferry industry and airlines.
The MPs’ letter states that regional airports are highly dependent on commercial retail revenues and would receive a substantial benefit from duty free applying to EU travel. Ferry operators would also see great benefits, boosting coastal port communities.
Such a policy, it is claimed, would involve only minor amendments to legislation on VAT, excise duty and excise goods by making changes by Regulations.
Craig Mackinlay MP commented:
“I want people to be able to purchase duty free goods while travelling between the UK and the EU after Brexit. As well as benefitting my South Thanet constituents, this will also benefit cruise and ferry ports, as well as regional airports.
“As our letter to the Chancellor makes clear, if the Government fails to ensure the return of duty free sales, UK citizens would be in the anomalous position that EU passengers to the UK would be able to buy duty free goods – yet UK passengers travelling to the EU will not. Moreover, given that duty free applies to travel to the rest of the world it would make no sense for it not to apply to Europe after Brexit.
“I am sure Mr Hammond will want to consider this matter very carefully and I hope we can look forward to a positive response.”