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She said: “In the eyes of the government, this supported family relationships as it provided the surviving partner with a measure of financial security after the death of a spouse or partner.

“The government also argued that there was a fundamental difference between married couples who chose to form a relationship versus siblings and other family relationships.”

These arguments were used in the case of the Burden sisters in 2006 and 2008. They had lived together their whole lives and were trying to change UK tax exemptions through the European Court of Human Rights.

The court, however, ruled that the absence of a “legally binding contract” between the sisters made their relationship a cohabitation, despite its long duration and “fundamentally different from that of a married or civil partnership couple” and that this was “reasonable and sensible”. objectively justified”.

However, Lord Lexden denounced this in a speech to the House of Lords stating “can there be any doubt that siblings who share their lives in condominium houses represent strong and stable families?” and that it was a “fundamental tenet of conservatism to support all families”.

He said: “Why then does the government continue to deny these families the protections they deserve, no less than married couples and civil partners, to ensure, among other things, that no bereaved sibling face the agony of selling the family home on the death of a loved partner to pay an inheritance tax bill?

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