Government must provide clarity on Brexit in run up to General Election

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The government needs to provide clarity on Brexit and take action on tackling rising costs for the hospitality industry before the General Election in June.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday that she will seek Parliamentary approval for a General Election on June 8, Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) chief executive, Kate Nicholls, said she welcomed the opportunity to engage candidates across Britain on the key issues for hospitality.

“Whatever the outcome, we need a Government that takes decisive action to tackle rising costs for eating and drinking out businesses and provides clarity on Brexit,” Kate said. “Employers need confidence and financial room to manoeuvre if they are to invest and grow.

“At the last General Election, the ALMR carried out targeted action to liaise with MPs to make them aware of the contribution being made by licensed hospitality businesses in their constituencies. Over the coming weeks and months the ALMR will be working hard to make sure that all parties know how valuable the sector is and what needs to be done to enable businesses to succeed.”

Meanwhile, British Beer and Pub Association’s chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “The debate around Brexit will be centre-stage, and we will be highlighting the key issues facing the sector. In the hospitality industry, we need to continue to attract those with the right skills, and keep trade with our neighbours as free as possible.

“Brexit also presents an opportunity to encourage the new Government towards a more favourable tax regime, especially for beer duty. We will not hesitate to use the election to highlight both the challenges and the opportunities for brewing and pubs.”

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