Channel Island UK goods tax hearing 'to reach third day'

Legal challenges to the ending of VAT relief on goods imported into the UK from Guernsey and Jersey are expected to take two-and-a-half days.

The UK Treasury announced in November it would end Low Value Consignment Relief for the islands from 1 April.

Each island has launched its own action on the grounds of discrimination, as the move applies only to the two Channel Island jurisdictions.

A judicial review set for Tuesday is predicted to end on Thursday.

A spokesperson for Jersey's Economic Development Department said an oral judgement could be delivered as early as Thursday.

However a written judgement may be published instead.

In this instance, the spokesperson said the "urgency of this case" would mean it was "likely to be released very quickly".

The department said it anticipated an announcement between 15 and 22 March.

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