Brexit – I’ll drink to that!

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Cheers! Beer campaigners say price of a pint could be slashed by more than 20p if Government unshackles pubs from costly EU tax rules after Brexit

EXCLUSIVE: Campaign for Real Ale has released manifesto for the election

Calls on prospective MPs to take advantage of opportunities of leaving EU

Includes changes to beer duty currently not allowed under European rules


6 May 2017

Brexit could see the price of a pint falling by more than 20p if Britain seizes the opportunity to lift costly EU regulations on pubs, campaigners say.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) wants duty on draught beers sold in pubs rather than supermarkets to be cut and a smaller bill for lower-strength pints.

These measures would currently need the approval of the European Commission, which has not updated its directive on excise duty since 1992.

CAMRA’s General Election manifesto, revealed exclusively by MailOnline, also calls on prospective MPs to reduce VAT on licensed premises and cut business rates.

The group thinks politicians should encourage people to drink in well-managed pubs rather than buying beer from supermarkets to have at home or on the street.

It points to recent research by Oxford University which found people who visit pubs have more friends, are happier and feel more engaged with their communities.

CAMRA chairman Colin Valentine said: ‘Pubs are a uniquely British institution that showcase our nation’s brewing tradition and provide an essential community facility for those that use them.

‘It is therefore crucial that beer drinkers and pub-goers are not left behind when it comes to negotiating Britain’s future over the coming years.’

Wetherspoons chairman Tim Martin backed the campaign, telling MailOnline: ‘CAMRA is right to try and use this opportunity to create political support for pubs.

‘Pubs and supermarkets should be taxed equally – supermarkets don’t need tax breaks.’

The EU Excise Duty Directive prevents the government from giving pubs a preferential rate of beer duty compared to supermarkets.

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