The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today (11 October) published a manifesto for Britain's exit from the European Union, which sets out how the beer and pub sector can be a force for growth and job creation as Britain leaves the EU.
The manifesto urges the Government to provide the most competitive tax and regulatory regime in Europe, and foster a resurgence in beer exports, more jobs in pubs, and boost the UK tourism industry.
The manifesto sets out a range of specific policy priorities for the beer and pub industry, including:
• A free trade deal with the EU as a priority with no tariffs or additional paperwork for beer exports
• A more competitive duty regime that supports exports, changes that support the consumption of lower-strength drinks and support pubs, and reduced VAT on pub meals
• No changes to the rights of existing overseas workers in the industry, and a future immigration system that supports the necessary levels of staffing for the sector
• The promotion of British beer and pubs, through support for exports and tourism, and no changes to overseas visitor visa requirements for two years
BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: "Our manifesto sets out how we can meet the challenges of Brexit and make the most of opportunities that will enable our sector to grow, in a post-Brexit Britain.
"We will also be urging the Government to look hard at how to mitigate the effect of high taxes and regulatory burdens, and in particular ensure that there is no rise in beer duty at this critical time. Whilst there is certainly a lot more work to be done, our manifesto provides us with a vital framework for the Brexit process that lies ahead."
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