The UKs brewing industry has welcomed the decision to drop the plan

The UK's brewing industry has welcomed the decision to drop the plan

The UK Government has abandoned plans to introduce duty stamps for beer. 

In a written statement to Parliament yesterday (17 July), the Treasury's economic secretary, Sajid Javid, said the decision has been taken due to concerns of “significant” costs to the UK brewing industy through putting stamps on products, and “legitimate” importers and exporters. Plans for the measure to help tackle fraud were announced last year and put out to consultation.

“The responses to the consultation highlighted the potential anti-fraud benefits but also some considerable impacts the proposed measures might have on legitimate alcohol supply chains,” the statement said.

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) welcomed the decision, saying it applauded the Government's "pragmatic rather than bureaucratic approach".

The Government has also ruled out introducing supply-chain legislation, over concerns it would not be effective. 

Javid said the Treasury will look at “less burdensome options to address alcohol fraud”, by consulting on alternative measures suggested by the industry, including stepping up co-operation with other EU states.