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1992 - Mr Major’s Doorstep Comments on VAT

Below is the text of Mr Major's comments on VAT, made outside Lancaster House on 28th July 1992.


PRIME MINISTER:

The Chancellor reached a very good agreement yesterday on Value Added Tax. Valued Added Tax has been a Community tax since the Treaty of Rome. What happened yesterday was that the Chancellor secured our nil rates of VAT - that is vitally important. We secured a minimum rate of VAT which means we do not have to change our rates of tax at all - many other countries have to change their rates of tax. We also secured, as part of a general package, an extremely beneficial deal for Scotch whisky. It was a good day yesterday and I think it is a very satisfactory outcome from our point of view.