The High Court challenge to the point of consumption licensing by the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) has been rejected. The Gambling Commission commented: “We welcome the judgment. Now we can get on with improving the protection for those gambling in Britain.”
The laws are now due to come into force on 1 November and those who are currently able to provide facilities for gambling in Great Britain will be able to continue to do so after commencement of the Act provided that they apply before the application window closes for the second time on 23 October.
The GBGA had argued that the new regime, introduced through the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 and also the guidance and policies of the Gambling Commission, is ‘unlawful, because it is an illegitimate, disproportionate and discriminatory interference with the right to free movement of services guaranteed by Article 56 TFEU, and is irrational’.