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26th June 2017

BBPA comments on Government/DUP ‘confidence and supply’ deal

Commenting on the confidence and supply agreement reached between the Government and the DUP today, Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, said:


“What UK business needs is more certainty, and today’s deal should mean that the Government has a working majority in Parliament as the Brexit negotiations proceed.


“On the specifics of what has been agreed, it is positive for pubs that the Government has agreed to review the impact of VAT on tourism in Northern Ireland (as well as Air Passenger Duty), but it is important to stress that whilst this has a big impact in Northern Ireland, high rates of VAT on hospitality is very much a UK-wide issue, so we will be looking closely at what emerges.”




For further information, please contact:

David Wilson, Director of Public Affairs: 020 7627 9151

Neil Williams, Head of Media: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

Tom Pratt, Campaigns & Communications Officer 020 7627 9155


Notes to editors:


The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.



Neil Williams

Head of Media

British Beer & Pub Association

020 7627 9156

07974 249 779