Pubs want out of the EU

May 9, 2016



UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall, a  long term campaigner for British pubs, has welcomed a survey of the hospitality industry released today that has the industry supporting leaving the EU.

The survey, conducted by William Reed/HIM has the whole industry lining up on the “Leave” campaign by 39% to 37% for ‘Remain’. When small businesses including pubs themselves are singled out the difference is far greater with a full 46% planning to vote out.

Paul Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader, said, “It is clear that pubs recognise that they would be better off out. They are a microcosm of this country, in them the great matters are discussed and they always have been. Be it the weather, sport or politics. pubpic

“As I have always said, every pub is a parliament, a parliament of ordinary people, and there, it is clear that people believe that our country’s future will be better served by leaving the EU.

“It is telling that the smaller the business the more likely that they will vote to Leave. The simple fact is that at least 80% of people are employed by businesses that do not export to the EU, but 100% of them are covered by the regulations that stem from there.

“They make employing people more difficult, make publicans spend more time dealing with paperwork than dealing with customers and make expansion and business development a nightmare.”



The William Reed Survey:

Government Pub plan welcomed

Dear Editor,

Cheers to the government for rooting around in their coffers and coming up with £3.2 million to help communities take control of their local pub.

The plan involves a package of business development support, advice and loan and grant funding to help establish community-owned pubs.

I’m all in favour of such pubs, particularly with 29 hostelries still closing each week in this country. But hang on a minute, wouldn’t it have been a much better plan for the government to have intervened to stop closures in the first place?

That would, of course, mean them taking on the pub companies and the power of the industry’s lobbyists is an open secret.  

They would rather keep taking the income from duties and taxes, albeit that diminishing with the vanishing outlets, than take positive steps to save the livelihood of publicans and their staff, including having a level playing field with supermarket pricing and cutting duty.

This two year support programme shows that the social importance of the village pub is finally recognised by the government but it should never have been allowed to come to this. I’ll raise a glass but when the froth of this gimmick has diminished I suspect I’ll be left with a bitter taste.

Yours faithfully

Paul Nuttall MEP

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