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Brexit and the Control of Tobacco Illicit Trade


  • Discusses the Brexit process: given that it is the first time that a member state has left the EU, many of the processes involved and the implications for both the EU and UK are unknown

  • Assesses the impact of Brexit through a specific European challenge: the high volumes of illicit trade in tobacco and the related significant economic losses

  • Serves as a guide to conducting analyses of the impact of Brexit with respect to other sectors of the economy or the challenges in the EU and UK

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Law (BRIEFSLAW)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Marina Foltea
    Pages 1-3Open Access
  3. The UK Process of Leaving the EU

    • Marina Foltea
    Pages 5-20Open Access
  4. The Issue of Illicit Tobacco Trade in the UK

    • Marina Foltea
    Pages 21-31Open Access
  5. UK Relevant Legal and Enforcement Frameworks

    • Marina Foltea
    Pages 33-59Open Access
  6. EU and Member States Agreements with the Tobacco Industry

    • Marina Foltea
    Pages 61-66Open Access
  7. Key EU and Global Anti-illicit Trade Initiatives

    • Marina Foltea
    Pages 67-77Open Access
  8. Conclusions and Recommendations

    • Marina Foltea
    Pages 79-81Open Access

About this book

This book assesses the consequences of Brexit for the control of illicit trade in tobacco products in the UK and  EU. Based on the currently applicable legal framework, it examines the significance of a possible non-application of the acquis communautaire in the UK in matters relating to anti-illicit trade in tobacco legislation. It also analyses the modes of future cooperation between the UK and the EU in this area, as well as possible regulatory scenarios and their consequences. 
The book comprises six main sections. After the introduction (Section 1), Section 2 discusses the state of play of Brexit and possible outcomes of Article 50 of the Treaty of European Union procedure. Section 3 illustrates the data and trends of illicit tobacco trade in the UK. Section 4 describes the relevant legal (e.g. trade and fiscal measures) and enforcement frameworks in the UK and suggests possible post-Brexit scenarios in control of tobacco illicit trade. Section 5 focuses on the relevance of arrangements between governments and the tobacco industry in the control of illicit trade. Section 6 then analyses the relevance of key EU and global anti-illicit trade initiatives. Lastly, Section 7 the book offers some recommendations and conclusions on how the UK could control illicit trade in tobacco after Brexit.  


  • Illicit trade
  • Brexit
  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco control
  • Customs
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

    Marina Foltea

About the author

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Brexit and the Control of Tobacco Illicit Trade

  • Authors: Marina Foltea

  • Series Title: SpringerBriefs in Law

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • License: CC BY

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-45978-9Published: 05 June 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-45979-6Published: 04 June 2020

  • Series ISSN: 2192-855X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2192-8568

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 81

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: European Economic Law, International Economic Law, Trade Law, Public Health

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 37.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)