Last week the commission demanded that the British government do away with a duty exemption worth £2,500 to small-scale producers of cider and perry.
Under the exemption, introduced in 1976, cider-makers who produce fewer than 70 hectolitres a year – about 12,000 pints – do not have to pay duty. The National Association of Cider Makers calculates that this accounts for about 80% of the UK’s 480 cider-makers.
You can take my scrumpy when you prize my cold dead liver from my corpse.
Quite seriously, fuck off.
Yes, it’s special pleading, yes it’s an exemption, yes it’s market distorting. Now fuck off and die.