Lawmakers in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein have called on the state’s Minister-President to withdraw from the State Treaty on Gambling following this week's sports betting licence approvals, warning that legal challenges from unsuccessful applicants will derail the regime before the market even opens.

Christian Democratic Unionist (CDU) Hans-Jörn Arp and parliamentary leader Wolfgang Kubicki of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), both major supporters of an open and fair gambling market, called upon Minister-President Thorsten Albig to pull out of the State Treaty, which the pair condemn as an “economic programme for illegal operators.”

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