Duty-free purchases of cigarettes and alcohol to return under no-deal Brexit

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2019

Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Monday gave final approval to a piece of legislation which seeks to prevent Prime Minister Boris Johnson from taking the country out of the European Union without an exit deal on October 31.

After speedy passage through parliament last week, an emergency bill to head off a no-deal Brexit on October 31 gained Royal Assent on Monday, thus becoming law. The Royal Assent was announced in parliament's upper chamber, the House of Lords. Johnson had set up the suspension - called a prorogation - last month in what opponents cast as an attempt to sideline lawmakers as he attempts to pull the country out of the European Union by October 31, with or without a withdrawal deal.

Duty-free shopping to return under no-deal Brexit

But the timing remains in question.

Lawmakers who're involved in regards to the financial fallout from a no-deal Brexit have voted to drive Johnson to hunt a delay to keep away from leaving with no deal, however he has stated that he won't countenance an extension. He wants an election to break the deadlock.


This would choose effect if the key minister has failed to get a divorce offer or somehow persuaded MPs to back a "no deal" exit by October 19. "I'm absolutely undaunted by whatever may take place in parliament", Johnson said in Dublin ahead of talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

Johnson could still keep to the October 31 deadline if he manages to secure a deal with the European Union that wins the approval of a majority of MPs - but it is a huge task.


Right after MPs turned down Key Minister Boris Johnson's next bid to connect with an early election to clear up the Brexit impasse, he is still left in limbo heading in direction of a essential European Union summit next month, just times in advance of Britain's scheduled exit. Johnson booted them from the Conservative party.

The return of duty free will only apply if Britain leaves the EU without a deal because under the terms of the withdrawal agreement the United Kingdom would stay in the single market and the customs union for the duration of a transition period, and this means keeping the current system in place.


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