The BBPA has called on the new prime minister to cut beer tax and business rates.

It said 900,000 people work in the beer and pub sector, which generates £22.9bn in GDP and £13bn in taxes.

It also said 82% of the beer sold in the UK is brewed in Britain, so beer has a “much bigger positive impact on the UK economy, UK jobs and pubs than any other drink”.

And it said that “nine out of 10 Brits describe themselves as pub goers, with many viewing their local as the beating heart of their community”.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA CEO, said pubs are the “original social network and at their heart of their communities, playing a key role in uniting us all. Along with brewing, they are also an important pillar of the UK economy.

“This is why Boris Johnson should back the sector by cutting beer duty and helping pubs with their business rates bills.”