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British Gambling Commission Wins Regulation Case Against Gibraltar

The UK's Gambling Commission has prevailed in a court case brought against it by the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association which tried to have impending regulatory changes overturned.

Gibraltar's case was thrown out as British High Court Justice Nicholas Green ruled in favor of the United Kingdom, who passed a law earlier this year that will force betting firms operating offshore but offering services to British punters to obtain a UK betting license. This law is controversial in offshore areas such as Gibraltar, who may see many operators jump ship in order to continue offering their services to those in the UK.

While reading his decision Green said, "Parliament was clearly within its rights to act as it did.”

Gibraltar's regulator issued a statement on the matter, which read: “We remain concerned the UK regulator will find it difficult to hold companies to account in jurisdictions outside of the EU where it has no legal powers and common legal framework or culture.”