UK to end VAT-free shopping for visitors on Jan 1

The Association of International Retail (AIR), which co-wrote the letter, urged the chancellor to “look again at this devastating decision”. It cautioned the United Kingdom will become the only European country not to offer VAT-free shopping for international visitors.

”Madrid, Milan and Paris are rubbing their hands with glee at this self-inflicted wound,” said AIR boss Paul Barnes.

”If we charge a fifth more for the same goods, international visitors will not hesitate to switch their city breaks to other countries, and the stores and jobs will follow within months”.

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