6 Jun 2012

UK departure tax losing battle - PM

12:01 pm on 6 June 2012

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has acknowledged he's fighting a losing battle over a departure tax introduced by the British government.

Mr Key once again raised the issue during a meeting with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron in London.

he had previously asked David Cameron for a commitment to review the tax, which is applied to long haul flights leaving Britain.

Mr Key says given that Britain has a big budget deficit, he does not expect the tax will be reversed, at least in the short term.