Mega Moolah Scotland: Will it become a thing of the past after Brexit?
It is hard to give anyone not involved or at least aware of the UK political scene, just how big an impact Brexit has had over all aspects of society.
It has led directly to the resignation of two Prime Ministers, it has seen parliament unable to decide on which is the best way forward, it has caused huge concern in business and industry, with several companies opting to leave the United Kingdom than wait for the expected fall out if and when the country does leave the European Union.
It has also led to marked changes in society and politics. No longer is this a country where it seems to be either Labour or Conservative, now there are divisions between those who want Brexit and those who do not and further divisions between those who want ANY Brexit and those who want an agreeable withdrawal from the EU.
Essentially, nobody agrees with anybody else as to what the next step should be, how we will go about sorting it and even then, there is no guarantee that any solutions found would garner the support necessary for it to be passed through parliament.
These divisions were clearly shown in the recent European elections across the UK, where the traditional big parties of Labour and Conservative were beaten by voters aligning themselves to parties who have clearly stated whether they wanted to leave the EU (Brexit Party) or Remain in the EU (Greens and Liberal Democrats).
If Scotland votes to leave the UK, can Scottish players still play Mega Moolah?
In no part of the UK was this difference more marked than in Scotland, where Scottish voters unanimously rallied behind the Scottish National Party, which is a Pro-Remain party. Indeed, the support has been so strong in Scotland to remain in the EU that there are now calls for the country to have another Independence Referendum in 2021, especially if the rest of the UK goes ahead with Brexit no the 31st of October as planned.
Now what does all this have to do with Mega Moolah, or indeed the online slots industry? Well the fact of the matter is that as with many other industries in the UK, the uncertainty over Brexit means that businesses do not know what kind of Brexit we will have, when it will take place and then the effects, both in the short and long term, that the Brexit deal that is implemented, will have.
This is why many big multi-national companies have opted to move offices and operations out of the UK in recent times, most notably Dyson who famously campaigned for Brexit, but since it has been confirmed, has been busy moving its operations to Singapore. That doesn't give many people great confidence that Brexit is going to be such a great deal for the UK after all.
Impact on the online gambling industry
In terms of the online gaming industry, things could become somewhat complicated after Brexit and then even more fragmented and confusing if Scotland then has a referendum and should vote to leave the UK.
The key issues surrounding whether you will be able to gamble online in the UK, or outside of the UK with UK companies, such as Microgaming, hinges on the type of Brexit deal that is eventually agreed. As we are no nearer knowing what this is, or whether we crash out the EU with a No Deal Brexit, or even leave at all, the lack of clarity regarding the future is worrying for those involved in the industry and frustrating for those trying to make sense of it.
Essentially, the issues facing the UK and Scotland in particular over the next few years with regards to online gaming and casino games will be:
- Can UK citizens still play casino games online from companies outside the UK after Brexit?
- Can citizens from other countries still play casino games from companies based in the UK following Brexit?
- Will Scottish players still be able to play casino games from companies based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, if they leave the UK following a referendum?
- If Scotland does leave the UK, would they adopt the Euro as their chosen currency, or something else? Or would they remain tied to the pound?
Of course, you would need to have the predictive powers of Nostradamus on a good day to even begin to figure out what could happen in the coming months. With a power vacuum at the head of the Conservative Party now that Theresa May has opted to resign, and a number of different MP's putting their name forward to become the new Prime Minister in her place, the outlook is no clearer.
That is because the Tory MP's that have thrown their name into the hat to become PM range from those who rabidly support a No Deal Brexit and a 'leave at any cost' approach, to those who feel a No Deal Brexit would be an utter disaster and want to negotiate a deal with the EU to make the transition smoother and potentially lessen any economic or social meltdowns.
What is worrying is that the confusion over the future of the online gaming industry and slot gaming is mirrored in every sector of business in the UK at the moment and it is especially worrying for businesses that conduct their affairs across borders within the EU. Having had almost three years to sort Brexit out, it shows a level of incompetence that is hard to comprehend, even for Westminster, that we are now so close to the Brexit Leave date and we still have absolutely no idea on what will happen at the most basic level, let alone when it comes to complex, international business affairs.
My feeling is that Brexit should have a limited impact on the online gaming industry, chiefly because as other countries have shown, it is so difficult to police borders in the digital realm. My gut feeling is that companies like Microgaming will still be able to offer Mega Moolah to Scottish players even if Scotland leaves the UK and joins the EU, similarly EU players will also still be able to play Mega Moolah (assuming their home country allows them to).
However, where issues may arise is in companies having to seek licenses to operate in different EU and UK regions. So for example, Microgaming in the UK may need to get a separate licence to offer its services to EU-Scottish customers.
That is going to incur additional costs for companies to in effect offer the same services that they do now, for no additional benefit. Indeed it is this very reason why Brexit looks slightly a poor idea, regardless of your political persuasion.
Over time, as and when the Brexit issue becomes clearer and Scotland's place in the EU and UK becomes more defined, we will clarify what any form of Brexit will have in terms of impact on the gambling industry both for people in the UK and those that live outside it.
However, given the level of utter incompetence from those in power, I would not expect any concrete resolutions to be decided upon for a good while yet, even when the Conservatives do elect their new leader.
What can I do to make sure I can play Mega Moolah from Scotland?
There's really only one thing to do and that is to register with a Mega Moolah casino now. This way you will already have an account and will likely be able to continue to play for some time even after a Scottish independence and Scotland re-joining the EU. Of course if Scotland decides to remain in the UK then there will be no interruptions to playing Mega Moolah or any other Microgaming jackpot games.
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