Used car imports row sees EU tell Britain it will set Vat rules in the North

Britain’s exit from the EU means Vat must be applied to full price of cars imported from Britain, rather than on just the profit

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
24th January, 2021
Used car imports row sees EU tell Britain it will set Vat rules in the North
Niall Cunningham, owner of Cunningham Autopoint in Galway: business is facing a series of increased charges, including Vat Picture: Andrew Downes, Xposure

The EU and not Britain sets Vat rules in Northern Ireland, the European Commission has insisted, after the British government moved to unilaterally cut the tax on used car imports into the North.

Britain’s exit from the EU means that Vat must now be applied to the full price of cars imported from Britain into both Northern Ireland and the Republic. The change raised concerns among dealers in Northern Ireland that it would lead to...

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