Drinks industry bodies react to Boris Johnson’s landslide victory

Alcohol duty continues to be a big issue for many industry leaders. Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association in the UK (WSTA), welcomed the Conservative’s pledge to boost businesses, “and this can start immediately by cutting wine and spirit tax.”

WSTA chief executive Miles Beale.

“A cut to all hospitality business rates would also provide a welcome boost to the struggling high street.”

This is, of course, the Brexit Election, and Beale once again called on the government to provide the UK’s importers, distributors and producers with clarity over international trade.

“We look forward to working with the new Government to end the crippling uncertainty which has plagued UK businesses since the vote to leave the EU. It is key that we complete the ambitious Brexit timetable with a withdrawal agreement that supports UK businesses and eliminates any risk of ‘No Deal’ scenario.”

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