A Southampton licensee is hoping to get round the smoking ban by declaring his pub is ‘foreign soil’.
This article made me laugh, quite a novel idea to try and get round the upcoming smoking ban.
By declaring his pub as an Embassy, it would be classed as foreign soil, and therefore not covered by UK law. Does that mean that all his drinks would be tax free too?
A later article does quote a British Foreign Office official as saying:
Redonda is a territory of Antigua and Barbuda, and so is not entitled to an embassy.
Shame… Apparently he does have some other tricks up his sleeve.
I just might and find some space on the beach in Antigua and smoke instead. Not sure if it would be legal though 😉 (And I’m not talking about a law forbidding smoking in public places either).