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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Leaving EU Could Provide Opportunity to Review VAT Policy

At a Westminster Hall debate on UK’s Exit from the European Union on the 17th October, CTV supporter Mark Durkan MP (SDLP) referred to Tourism VAT.

Mr Durkan stated how the Government has ‘often cited EU restrictions against a lot of policy initiatives that many of us would want’.

 

Mark Durkan, Social Democratic and Labour Party, Foyle said:

My view on that is clear, and I have been consistent. The hon. Gentleman has given the example of women’s sanitary products, but let us also remember that this Government have often cited EU restrictions against a lot of policy initiatives that many of us would want. EU obligations were quoted in favour of the unfair pension changes for women born in the 1950s, with Ministers and Government MPs insisting, “Oh, it’s because of the EU that we have had to do that, equalising in this sort of way and not adjusting.” It will be interesting to see how many of the Members who used that rationale in the past will say, “Now we are getting control, we can have a different take on the whole question of the pension changes and transitions.” Such excuses have been used in different ways and, similarly, were cited against having VAT concessions for hospitality or tourism, even though about 24 EU member states clearly have such variations in their rates.

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