The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA), which represents Gibraltar-based online gambling operators, has warned that the UK’s new gambling legislation is in breach of European Union laws and has written to the government and the Gambling Commission placing them on notice of a claim for judicial review.

The GBGA said that the new law, which received Royal Assent last month and is expected to be brought in before the end of the year, establishes the Gambling Commission as the industry’s regulator across the world and “not only threatens the safety of consumers online but is unlawful.”

GBGA chief executive Peter Howitt said that the regime will effectively require the Gambling Commission to police the online sector on a worldwide basis.

“This is bad for UK consumers, bad for the regulated industry, bad for Gibraltar and is in breach of European law, but fantastic news for operators who choose to avoid proper regulation,” said Howitt, who is also founder of Gibraltar-based law firm Ramparts.

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