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Well I spoke to someone at the HMRC VAT helpline. It transpires that VAT cannot be claimed back from EU imports purchased prior to VAT registration. I am currently holding thousands of pounds of imported stock and I trade in a competitive marketplace where my margins are pretty low. There is going to be no way I can increase prices post-registration to a profitable level so this really is a disaster for my business.