Edinburgh West MP unhappy with duty free shopping refusal

Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine says the UK Government is failing the travel industry over its refusal to enable duty free shopping on arrival.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 2:23 pm
Christine Jardine MP.

Ms Jardine, who is the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the economy, was one of 60 MPs who wrote to the Treasury calling for the change which has already been successfully introduced in more than sixty countries, including Australia and all EEA nations.

Travel industry groups claim it would increase passenger spend by between 20-30 per cent.

Ms Jardine previously called for a £50 billion revenue replacement scheme during the 2021 Budget for small businesses in all sectors which would offer monthly grants worth up to 80 per cent of a firm’s fixed costs to offset lost income while they are unable to trade as normal.

After receiving the Government’s rejection of the scheme Ms Jardine said: “It is disappointing that the Treasury is still refusing to see the potential benefits of this scheme and failing to support our tourist industry, which has been one of the hardest hit sectors.

“It is difficult to understand the Government’s reluctance to back something which would be easy to implement, cost-effective and will support jobs at a time when we are trying to boost recovery.

“We have seen this succeed in dozens of countries around the world.

"Surely if we follow their lead and introduce duty free on arrival, we can make a tangible difference to the UK’s travel sector and wider economy.”