Thank you, Brexit! Travellers to the UK celebrate non-EU prices in duty-free

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Since Brexit, holidaymakers are able to enjoy non-EU prices when travelling into the UK. Northern Ireland, however, still operates under EU single market rules, meaning there is no duty-free allowance for travellers to the EU or other UK destinations.

One Twitter user, with the handle @omnialnchristo, shared an image of vodka on the shelf at duty-free ahead of a flight to the UK and noted she would be taking advantage of the cheaper prices made available as a result of Brexit.

Featured on the shelf was a label reading: “Flying to the United Kingdom. Enjoy non-EU prices”.

The user Elena also included a close-up of the pricing, noting that if you were flying inside the EU, the bottle of Koskenkorva vodka would cost 29.90 euros.

However, those flying to the UK – or other places outside the EU – could enjoy over a five euro discount, making the bottle cost 24.20 instead.

The user wrote: “Brexit, thank you!”

While another user, @dmurdo, quote retweeted the original post, writing: “Another Brexit bonus”.

Andy Gilchrist also referred to the saving as a “tangible benefit of Brexit”.

While another, @Cochranereturns, added that they too had taken advantage of the new policies when it comes to Brexit.

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They tweeted: “Went to Copenhagen recently and was able to reclaim the VAT on my shopping thanks to Brexit.”

Britons have been able to enjoy an unarguable advantage of leaving the EU by claiming tax back of up to 20 percent on most personal purchases in EU countries since January.

In September last year, the Government also explained new rules when it came to duty-free shopping after leaving the trade bloc.

They noted the personal allowances for passengers to bring the UK from non-EU Countries would significantly increase as of January this year.

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The government also promised, “one of the most generous allowances anywhere in the world” for alcohol and tobacco.

New inbound personal allowances were also specified.

The limits on alcohol being brought back to the UK are 42 litres of beer; 18 litres of still wine; and either 4 litres of spirits or 9 litres of sparkling wine.

While cigarettes are capped at a maximum of 200 or 250g of tobacco.

In addition, travellers to the UK can bring in other goods worth up to £390, or £270 if travelling by private plane or boat.

The biggest change brought in by the rules noted that if you exceed the duty-free limit then you will lose the allowance on the duty-free items.

As a result, if you go over the specified limits, you will then be taxed on all items, not just the item that sent you over the limit.

The Government adds: “You do not need to pay any tax or duties on personal goods you bring into Great Britain as long as they are within your personal allowances.”

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