Sunak announces alcohol duty ‘radical simplification’ in autumn budget – video

Taxes on drinks including beer, wine and cider will be slashed in a move announced by Rishi Sunak during the budget on Wednesday.

The chancellor said the UK’s system of alcohol duty, whose roots date back to 1643, was ‘outdated, complex and full of historical anomalies’ and sweeping changes were only possible because of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

The chancellor also announced ‘draught relief’ cutting the tax on drinks served from pumps, such as beer and cider, by 5%.

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