The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has warned that the UK needs to rethink its beer tax policy after the French parliament's decision to raise their beer tax by 160%.
The bill including the proposed increase was passed in Paris earlier this week, despite a bid by the French Senate to amend the rise to 120%. However, despite the huge tax hike in France, UK beer tax remains by far the highest in Europe.
Commenting on the tax, Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, said that lower strength drinks such as beer shouldn't be singled out for excessive tax hikes.
"Under the UK government's escalator policy, beer tax is set to rise even higher, despite increasing by 42% since March 2008. More than ever, we need a rethink on beer tax policy and a review of this unpopular and damaging tax."
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By Kerstin KÁ¼hn
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