EU rules against cheap online alcohol. By Dan Martin

Christmas shoppers hoping to buy cut price alcohol via the internet will be upset today while the Treasury will be breathing a sigh of relief after the EU decided consumers cannot go online to purchase cheap drinks and cigarettes from anywhere in Europe.

In a surprising decision, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) did not follow a previous adjudication from its advocate general which said goods can be bought in one EU state and delivered to another with only the duty in the country of origin having to be paid.

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