UK VAT & sport

Back in February I was more than a little cynical about the European Court of Justice (ECJ) being asked to decide whether playing duplicate contract bridge was taking part in a sport.  I thought I’d be in good company with the man on the Clapham Omnibus in thinking it was a pretty silly idea but it just goes to show …

The ECJ itself might yet disagree but the Advocate General suggets the Court’s view should be that –

  • A sport doesn’t need to exhibit a physical element, and
  • Duplicate contract bridge is a ‘sport’.

Which makes me wonder what will be do post-Brexit when we don’t have the ECJ to answer these impossible hair-splitting VAT questions?