GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 46 - February 2020

The Brexit threat has caused confusion and uncertainty for all involved. Gaming lawyer Astan Morarji explains what impact it will have on iGaming affiliates and what you need to do to prepare. BY ASTAN MORARJI Brexit The act of telling everyone at a gathering (party, meeting ... etc.), that you are leaving, but actually staying. Let’s face it, the last couple of years of Brexit haven’t been easy. It only feels like yesterday that the media was forcing a “hard exit” down our throats, panicking almost all businesses up and down the nation and further abroad. Yet, in what has now become almost a customary norm, nothing happened. However, it seems like things are finally changing. As this maga- zine went to press, the U.K. had been through a general election in December 2019, forced by the instability of British politics deriving from Brexit. The result? A convincing win for Boris Johnson and the Conser- vatives. Regardless of your political views, it can be objectively stated that a Conservative win leads to a more “business as usual” approach for the iGaming industry. The Labour party made it clear that they intend to make significant changes to legislation, among other matters. Boris thinks he has a clear road ahead for Brexit. As of early 2020, that was still up in the air, as that road is likely to be fogged by other political toils and troubles but, at the very least, it looks like there is some room for movement. By the time you’re read- ing this, things may have changed drastically, or they might be trundling along. If we look at the past, there’s one thing we can’t be certain of: Brexit. Chain image by kostasgr/Shutterstock; Chips image by Sensvector/Shutterstock 39 G P W A t i m e s . o r g