Diageo could be asked to resign from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) today according to a report in a national newspaper. The Daily Telegraph has reported that leading BBPA members are holding conference call late on Friday to establish Diageo's fate, with resignation or a heavily-reduced role the most likely outcomes. Diageo, which owns eight of the world's top 20 premium spirits brands, is also Britain's third biggest on-trade brewer. The global drinks produce called for equivalence across all alcohol taxes in September – a move that would cause beer duty to rise. However its plea has led to a backlash from other leading companies, with Tim Martin, the founder and chairman of JD Wetherspoon, calling the company “a bunch of morons”. A Diageo spokesman told the Telegraph: “It wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on ongoing confidential discussions with one of our trade associations.”