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Real ale group says Brexit could hold key to cheaper beer prices

Beer prices could fall after Brexit because the government would be free to reduce duty. Credit: ITV News Anglia

As the National Great British Beer Festival gets underway in Norwich, the real-ale campaign group Camra says Brexit could see tax reduced on beer to help boost pubs.

The Government is being urged to use Brexit to safeguard pubs after new research showed that 14 are closing every week.

The figure has fallen from 18 last year following new local planning protection for pubs in England.

The Campaign for Real Ale said the Government will have the freedom to cut beer duty in pubs after the UK leaves the EU.

The move would level the playing field between the price of beer sold in supermarkets, said Camra.

  • Click to watch a report on the Beer Festival by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

The medieval City of Norwich is hosting the Great British Beer Festival Winter 2019 for its third and final year.

Having hosted the winter festival from 2017, the festival will move to a different CAMRA location having been hosted by Norwich & Norfolk CAMRA for the customary 3 years.

Pubs are still closing at the rate of 14 a week but that has slowed from 18 a week the previous year. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Pubs are a very important part of our national culture, and are valuable community assets which help combat loneliness and social isolation.

"A lower beer duty rate for pubs could be an absolute game-changer in keeping our pubs open as well as encouraging responsible drinking in a social setting.

"It's great we have seen a drop in the number of pubs closing, showing that our hard-fought campaign to get planning protection for pubs was worth it.

– Jackie Parker, chairman of Camra
Norwich has been hosting the Great British Beer Festival Winter since 2017. Credit: ITV News Anglia
  • The Great British Beer Festival Winter runs in Norwich until 23 February 2019