European Court Rules Against Gibraltar’s Separate Entity Status Claim

By Jess Plowden Jun 15, 2017

A blow to post-Brexit hopes

The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) has lost a lengthy legal fight for exemption from UK Point of Consumption taxes.

The GBGA argued that the 15% PoC tax was in violation of EU law as it restricted cross-border trade within the EU.

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) however, ruled that the UK and Gibraltar are not two member states but a single entity for trading purposes, and therefore Article 56 of the EU treaty law does not apply.

This is a double blow as it casts into serious doubt any hopes Gibraltar might have had for a special status during and after Brexit negotiations when the UK leaves the European Union.

Jess Plowden

Ms. Plowden started working online in the early days of the internet cleaning the tubes and training the cats, then spent 20 years in web design. Jumping at the chance to work at Casinomeister back in 2014, she has been a happy indentured servant behind the scenes ever since.


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