Johnson Pledges Review of U.K.’s ‘Sin Taxes’ on Salt, Fat, Sugar

July 3, 2019, 9:41 AM

Boris Johnson, the favorite to replace Theresa May as U.K. prime minister, has pledged he’ll launch a review of “sin taxes” on salt, fat and sugar, a signal that he wants to adopt an economically liberal approach after years in which government tried to clamp down on unhealthy behavior.

Johnson said in a press release he wanted to be convinced that such taxes worked, and that they didn’t hit the poorest hardest. “The recent proposal for a tax on milkshakes seems to me to clobber those who can least afford it,” he said. “If we want people to lose weight ...

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