EU TO STEP UP ATTEMPT TO RECOVER UNCOLLECTED CUSTOMS DUTIES FROM UK

On 24th September, Politico reported that the EU Commission is expected to start the next phase of an infringement procedure against the UK for “failure to make customs duties available to the EU budget,” according to EU officials.  It says that this means that action is being taken because British authorities for years failed to uncover the fact that importers evaded some €2.7 billion in customs duties by using fictitious or false invoices for Chinese goods, according to a 2017 report from OLAF.  The UK now has 2 months to react; the next step is a court referral.  It poses the (reasonable) question: why should Brussels allow Britain to collect customs duties on the EU’s behalf after Brexit (which is part of the proposals in the PM’s Chequers plan) when London can’t even do things properly while still a member?

COALITION OF GAMING REGULATORS FORMED TO COMBAT GAMBLING IN VIDEO GAMES

On 23rd September, Online Poker.net posted a reaction to the agreement of 16 gambling regulators, including the UK, Malta and the Isle of Man, which say they have joined forces to call on video games companies to address the clear public concern around the risks gambling and some video games can pose to children.  Their declaration mentioned 4 elements – skin betting, loot boxes, social casino gaming and gambling-themed content – which the article goes on to briefly describe.

http://www.onlinepoker.net/poker-news/gambling-legislation/coalition-of-gaming-regulators-formed-to-combat-gambling-in-video-games/43439

FORMER NCA CHIEF SAYS HE WAS TOLD TO END RUSSIAN MONEY LAUNDERING INVESTIGATION

On 23rd September, the Daily Mail claimed that Joe Benton had been told by a senior FCO official to end the investigation by the specialist anti-corruption unit he led.  Benton said he had been given a dossier by Bill Browder, the colleague of murdered Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky.  The NCA is quoted as responding that it was felt the best chance of conviction was elsewhere, and that it had co-operated with foreign counterparts investigating the allegations.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6198395/Corruption-boss-says-ordered-halt-probe-Russian-money-laundering-Foreign-Office.html