CAMRA presents 26,000 signature cider petition to 10 Downing Street
Thanks to 26,000 CAMRA members and cider lovers, on the 10th June CAMRA presented a petition to 10 Downing Street calling the UK Government to act on the threat to small cider producers across the UK.
The petition responds to a move by the European Union (EU) which could remove the current tax exemption for small cider makers. This exemption applies predominantly to hobbyists and farm-gate producers, who make fewer than 70 HL of cider a year, or around 33 pints a day. They typically sell less than £10,000 of cider a year, which means that the proposed tax of up to £2,700 a year would have a huge impact.
The petition has been supported by a number of MPs and MEPs, including David Warburton MP for Somerton and Frome who joined CAMRA volunteers to hand in the petition. ITV News was also present and interviewed National Executive member Ian Packham.
Andrea Briers, CAMRA National Cider and Perry Committee Chairman says: "The European Union's demand to increase tax costs for small cider producers will force many to close. If these producers are driven out of business it will dramatically reduce consumer choice and cause irreparable damage to one of the nation's most historic industries."
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CAMRA awaits a response from the Government on how they will respond to the request.