The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA), representing several UK operators that are based in Gibraltar is currently challenging the new gambling laws that are scheduled to be introduced by the UK government.
In a letter forwarded to Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Culture, the GBGA warned that the decision to introduce new licensing and tax rules in a court of law would be challenged by the group as it finds Britain’s pending gambling laws to be “unlawful”.
The GBGA insists that it is breach of European law for the UK government to introduce laws that require all operators to apply for a license from the UK Gambling Commission.
Peter Howitt, the Chief Executive of the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association claims that this move could possibly expose punters to “unscrupulous operators” as the likely impact of this legislation is bound to drive UK consumers towards unregulated or poorly regulated Operators that will result in them being exposed to unnecessary risks.
Gibraltar’s government is encouraging the challenge by the GBGA as it is of the opinion that the new rules and 15% tax could possibly encourage UK bookies to relocate back to Britain.
Several members of the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association have, however, decided not to back the challenge against the Government’s decision to impose duel regulation on the online gambling industry.