Duty-free shopping to return under no-deal Brexit: UK chancellor

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-11 00:18:38|Editor: yan
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LONDON, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- The United Kingdom's (UK) Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid said on Tuesday that duty-free shopping will return for British travelers to and from the European Union (EU) member countries in the event of no-deal Brexit.

According to the Treasury, passengers traveling to the EU countries will be able to buy alcohol and cigarettes without paying UK excise duties if the UK leaves EU without a deal on Oct. 31.

It suggested that a bottle of wine bought at Heathrow Airport on the way to the EU could be up to 2.23 British pounds (2.76 U.S. dollars) cheaper.

Meanwhile, people traveling back to Britain will be able to bring back unlimited amounts of alcohol and cigarettes if they pay duty in Europe.

Javid said: "As we prepare to leave the EU, I'm pleased to be able to back British travelers."

"We want people to enjoy their hard-earned holidays and this decision will help holidaymakers' cash go that little bit further," said Javid.

Duty-free shopping has already been permitted for travelers going to non-EU countries.

The Treasury stated that a consultation will be launched shortly on the UK's long-term duty-free policy. (1 British pound = 1.24 U.S. dollars)