MPs under pressure to back new beer tax plans to help save British pubs

MPs will be pressed this week to back new beer tax plans to help to save pubs.

Pressure group Campaign for Real Ale will demand politicians apply a preferential rate of duty on beer sold in boozers.

They want to help landlords fight off competition from cheap supermarket alcohol.

Camra activists will lobby at an event in Westminster tomorrow claiming many venues are “fighting for their survival”.

The group wants the Government to live up to its Brexit promises and take back control since it is no longer constrained by EU red tape.

Chairman Nik Antona, right, said: “There is significant support for our proposals for a preferential rate of duty for beer sold on tap in pubs and we look forward to talking to more MPs about our economic research.

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“Recent beer duty freezes and business rates reliefs, while welcome, are merely sticking plasters.

“Far too many pubs are still fighting for their survival.

“A cut in duty for draught beer is possible now we have left the EU.

“The Government should take full advantage of this opportunity to show its commitment to this great British institution.”

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Research has shown that 6,000 pubs have called last orders permanently in Britain since 2010.

Actor-turned-Tory MP Giles Watling said: “Pubs are important community assets and we need to do all we can to protect them.

“Unfortunately, previous freezes in beer duty, while welcome, have also allowed the supermarket to continue undercutting the pub with cheap alcohol. That was because of single market rules, which equalised rates between pubs and supermarkets.

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“Now we have left the EU, I want to change that and differentiate the rate of duty so that it finally benefits and supports our pubs.”

Last year, Camra, which was founded in Ireland in 1971 and now boasts more than 192,000 members, claimed pubs were closing at a rate of one every 12 hours.

Its supporters include the Duke of Edinburgh, who sent a letter of support, and Prince Charles, who has been pictured with a pint of real ale in his hand.

The group’s experts reckon pubs contribute £23.1billion to the UK economy each year, with 900,000 jobs depending on the pub and brewing industry.

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