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.”