Theresa May has been mocked for claiming credit for an EU policy to protect consumers from rip-off payment card charges.
Retailers, airlines and other businesses have been banned from hitting shoppers with hidden surcharges when they use credit or debit cards – sometimes as high as 20 per cent – which costs consumers around £166m each year.
MEPs criticised the Government for claiming responsibility for the move, which comes as part of a broad range of new payment regulations based on an EU–wide directive that was spearheaded by left-wing politicians in the European Parliament.
The Government must comply with EU directives until Britain leaves the bloc, although these changes will become part of UK law so will remain after Brexit.
The Prime Minister tweeted: “From today we’re banning hidden charges for paying with your credit or debit card – a move that will help millions of people avoid rip-off fees when spending their hard-earned money.”
The European Commission also tweeted praise for new “EU rules on payments”, which aim …
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