The legal challenge against the UK Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act by the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) was rejected today, clearing the way for the new legislation to come into force from November 1st.

Operators offering their services in the UK will be required to be licensed by the Gambling Commission and pay a 15 per cent point of consumption tax, after the High Court ruled that the claimant (GBGA) had failed to establish that the new regime was unlawful under European Union or domestic law.

Speaking in court this morning, Justice Green said the gambling act was “neither disproportionate, nor discriminatory, nor is it irrational,” as the GBGA had claimed.

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