Jersey politician feels 'let down' over LVCR decision

Deputy Jeremy Macon
Image caption Deputy Jeremy Macon said he expected ministers to fight the island's corner harder

A Jersey politician has said he was disappointed with the States' decision not to continue the fight to save Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR).

Deputy Jeremy Macon said he felt let down by the decision.

Jersey and Guernsey's governments failed to protect the loophole which allowed companies to sell low value goods online VAT-free.

It was announced on Monday they would not appeal against the UK High Court ruling because it could take two years.

Mr Macon said he expected ministers to fight the island's corner harder.

'Pretty realistic'

Meanwhile, the Economic Development Minister, Senator Alan Maclean, has met businesses affected.

He said the cost of the court case against the UK should be known within weeks.

Kevin Keen, the chief executive of Jersey Post, was at the meeting earlier and said the decision not to appeal was the right one.

He said: "My impression was that everybody was pretty realistic about the decision and respected the government for defending it originally.

"But all saw the need to move on and focus on the future really as to how they could take things forward without the benefit of LVCR."

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