It'll cost the Government quite a bit - they have to make money from the duty that gets paid on this stuff. Doesn't really affect me - I don't smoke and I don't drink wine either, just beer. But if the Government start losing money because of this, they'll probably just put all the other taxes up to make up for it.
I hope it does go through. They could put the tax on chocolate and other unhealthy fatty foods that clog up arteries! Give those a break who have always been hit for six with tax rises. Btw, the present tax on tobacco if it was channeled into the NHS would enough to make a significant difference! Smokers and boozers do pay for their healthcare, they pay more tax than those who don't smoke or drink. I'm not saying it's a healthy way of living but it seems that non smokers/drinkers are a very intolerant set of people. For the record, I do smoke and drink moderately on both counts. I do not encourage others to do so and I respect those around when I do smoke by not letting smoke drift up their noses and only smoke in designated areas. There has to be give and take in all walks of life!
The so-called 'booze cruisers' are only responsible for around 3% of the total alcohol/tobacco consumption in the UK. Most other people probably couldn't be bothered to faff around buying alcohol and fags from Europe via the internet.
I think you are right FE, the booze cruises are more prevelant amongst people who live on the south coast anyway. Also most people find it more convenient to go to the local supermarket where things are reasonably cheap anyway. Only tobacco would have a significant saving for people.
that it means the end of a great british tradition of renting an unmarked white transit, taking it to france, filling it up untill the tyres touch the top of the wheel arches then claiming that the 3000 bottles of beer and 10000 fags are for personal consumption only.
The government isn't entitled to the duty anyway and should not be taking it from members of the EU. You can import any amount of goods bought, tax paid, in another EU country without having to say whose use they are for and there is absolutely nothing at all stopping you from re-selling them. The so called guidelines from Customs and Excise are a load of tripe, which you can also buy cheaper in the EU, and you can completely ignore them.