US vs. UK: Trade War Posturing

by , Jan 31, 2007 | 1:05 pm

The European Union is considering following in Antigua’s footsteps and going through the World Trade Organization to fight the United States’ crackdown on online gambling. Charlie McCreevy, the European Internal Market Commissioner, is in regular consult these days with EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, who would be responsible for pushing a formal dispute.

Critics accuse the US government of seeking to enforce their own laws on businesses based outside the country.

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He argued that the US is protecting its own gambling industry by stopping foreign companies from building up an online betting sector.

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Mr McCreevy, who takes a well-known interest in horseracing, said that the US online gambling rules were a “prima facie” case of protectionism and that the World Trade Organisation was a possible venue for tackling them.


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