Hmm, so, they retreat.
The government\’s reputation has suffered a series of fresh blows as the chancellor, George Osborne, was forced to make two climbdowns over his budget, including scrapping the \”pasty tax\”, and ministers prepared to make a series of new concessions over secrecy.
Osborne is to reverse plans to charge VAT on food that is designed to cool down, such as sausage rolls and pasties,
That was never actually the point though. As EU Referendum has told us innumerable times, the point was to stop the chippies being able to claim back the last decade\’s more or so of VAT that they have been paying.
Under the changes, the government will charge VAT on food designed to be eaten warm, for example on rotisserie chickens sold hot by supermarkets.
Ah, that\’s how to do it.
But now the existential question: is a pasty designed to be eaten hot or cold? A beef and onion pie? A cheese and onion slice? A pizza? Does it differe based upon the intentions? Would a programmer who has pizza for breakfast be able to claim that said pizza was purchased with hte intention of eating it cold?
Only the EU Court can tell us…..as they had to with Jaffa Cakes.