SMUGGLING UK

BY KEITH NUTHALL
THE BRITISH government is being questioned by the European Commission over claims that its officials are breaking EU law by restricting the amount of tobacco brought into the country from other Member States. Brussels will use the replies to decide whether to start legal proceedings, which could reach the European Court if Justice. The inquiry follows complaints that the UK is too tightly interpreting European guidelines on deciding whether a traveller is importing tobacco for personal or commercial use. Because personal smokers pay excise ...


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