The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called for action on beer duty and wholesale reform of the business rates system in its manifesto for the brewing and pub industry.

Outlining its priorities for a thriving beer and pub sector over the next five years ahead of the snap general election, the BBPA said unlocking growth and investment was key to meeting the challenges of Brexit.

To tackle high rates of UK beer taxation, the manifesto calls for at least a freeze in beer duty over the course of the next Parliament.

There are also calls for a more competitive tax regime that encourages consumption of lower strength drinks, supports British pubs, and promotes innovation and choice for consumers.

The BBPA said a free trade deal with the EU would be vital for beer imports and exports as the UK leaves the European Union – with greater government support is needed to foster beer exports in overseas markets.

Investment in training and skills, and access to those with the right skills, is key, including an immigration system that supports the necessary staffing levels for the sector.

The BBPA is also calling for a wholesale review of business rates, but in the interim, an expansion of pub-specific rates relief, to £5,000 per pub.