UK pubs are closing down at an alarming rate of one every 12 hours, figures from the Campaign for Real Ale revealed.
378 pubs had shut down across England, Wales, and Scotland between July and December 2018, or roughly 14 shutdowns a week, a CAMRA press release published on Monday said.
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Ms. Parker added: "Protecting pubs in the English planning system was a necessity and a welcome move from the Government. However, it's taken nearly two years for the trickle-down effects of the planning changes to show. Our politicians should back the asks of the Save Our Pubs Campaign in full, and show they are squarely behind pubs."
Ms. Parker added that Brexit would give the government the freedom to reduce Beer Duty in pubs, "levelling the playing field between the price of beer sold in social, community settings and cheap supermarket alcohol consumed at home."
Local planning protection for pubs have helped to stave off pub closures, CAMRA stated, with pub closures falling from 18 closures a week in 2018. Regions most deeply affected by closures were Yorkshire and the Humber, as well as the Southeast, which suffered one shutdown per 100 pubs last year. The news comes after UK mainstay London Pride was sold to Japanese beermaker Asahi for £250m in a bid to save the Chiswick-based Griffen Brewery, the company's base of operations since 1654.