Skip to main content
8th November 2019

BBPA comments on Conservative commitment to review UK alcohol taxation

Commenting on the Conservative commitment to review UK alcohol taxation, as announced by Boris Johnson today, British Beer & Pub Association Chief Executive Emma McClarkin said:

“It is great news that Boris Johnson has committed to reviewing UK alcohol taxation.

“Beer tax is a particular burden for pubs where 7 out of 10 alcoholic drinks sold are beer, a lower strength British made product. In fact, we pay 11 times more beer duty than in Spain and Germany.

“Three pubs a day close their doors for good. A freeze or cut in beer tax at the next budget would help halt this.

“This commitment from Boris Johnson to review alcohol taxation gives him the opportunity to listen to the 216,000 supporters of the Long Live the Local campaign and cut beer tax to support local pubs and the communities they serve.”

Notes to editors

Please find infographic attached comparing beer duty in UK to other EU nations.

About BBPA

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.


Nick Lawrie

Digital Communications Manager

British Beer & Pub Association

Phone: 020 7627 9156

Mobile: 07824 359013


Twitter: @beerandpub