BRITS can look forward to the return of the booze cruise after Brexit with plans afoot to turn the whole of Calais into a massive duty free zone.
Chiefs in the French port city are looking to offer UK visitors big tax breaks on alcohol, cigarettes, and eating out after we've left the bloc.
Duty free shopping within the EU was banned by Brussels when it created the Single Market in the late 90s, but will return for Brits when we're outside.
Leaders and businesses in Calais are hoping Brexit can lead to a resurgence in the city's fortunes and revive flagging visitor numbers from the UK.
Its mayor Natacha Bouchart has even floated the idea of a hi-tech electronic tax refund for British tourists so they can make the most of the bargains.
She wants the French government to authorise the new duty free zone which would also cover luxury items like chocolate, perfume, and electronic goods.
Local deputy Philippe Mignonet said: "Our mayor is fighting for the whole town of Calais to benefit from the same duty-free rules as the ferries."
Paris is said to be worried knocking taxes off booze and cigarettes in the city centre itself could lead to a boom in smuggling.
But duty free terms could be extended to Calais' famous wine warehouses which are dotted around the outskirts.
The mayor's office is also looking at introducing tax breaks that would allow Brits to reclaim VAT on hotel stays and restaurant meals.
Calais port boss Jean-Marc Puissesseau said: "Since the UK will become a third country again, it is possible that duty-free will return.
"This would lead to more crossings of people wishing to buy cheaper alcohol or cigarettes than in England."
Britain and the EU will have to thrash out a new agreement on duty free shopping, including purchase allowances for personal use, during trade talks.
Hervé Lefebvre, manager of the Café de Paris, told BFMTV: "For us, duty free must be back.
"But duty free must not remain in international waters. We ask that there be a duty free territory."
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Solange Leclerc from the Calais Côte d'Opale tourist office, added: "We have this card to play, to say take time before your crossing to stop in Calais.
"There is a lot of urban planning work to bring the customer to the city centre."
But Oliver Versmisse, owner of the Oliver, Vin et Compagnie store that overlooks the Tunnel, warned against tougher purchasing rules after Brexit.
He said: "The worst case scenario? That would be to limit the huge volumes that British clients can take back with them to England."
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