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.
“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.”
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.
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.”