SAVE OUR PUBS – PUBLIC MEETING CALLED

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Bill Etheridge MEP & James Carver MEP (UKIP)
West Midlands MEPs James Carver and Bill Etheridge are to hold a major public meeting as part of a major drive to combat plans which could threaten the future of a popular local pub.
The UKIP MEPs, who have just launched a Save Our Pubs campaign, will be holding a public meeting at the Hare & Hounds Inn, in Wynall Lane, on Monday, March 16th at 7.30pm.

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UKIP Defence of cider industry

James Carver MEP calls for spirited defence of the cider industry

West Midlands MEP James Carver fears small-scale producers of cider and perry could be hit by controversial EU moves to amend the UK’s excise duty scheme.

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James Carver , UKIP MEP

The UKIP MEP, who represents Herefordshire, an area famous for cider and perry making, has today slammed the EU Commission which has formally requested the UK to cease its duty exemption for small-scale producers of cider and perry.

This exemption concerns producers, whose production does not exceed 70 hectolitres over a period of 12 consecutive months and who make such products for sale.

The Commission’s request means the British Government could be referred to the European Court of Justice, if it does not respond to the request.

Commenting on the move, West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver, said: “This EU move is terrible news for the British cider and perry industry.

“Cider and perry makers would be hit by rising costs as a result of this EU diktat which will leave a sour taste in the mouths of small-scale producers.

“Our Government should stand up to this Commission attack on small businesses and launch a spirited defence of our superb cider and perry industry.”