Just want to clear up another little bit of nonsense the government is peddling. Alcohol excise has been around for quite a while. In fact it was first introduced in the 1640. So nearly 400 years ago.
The amazing article from the university of Leeds charts the history. eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/112466/3/Yeoma…
Reading over the history (happy to be corrected here) the current system was implemented in during the first world war. So some 100 years before Brexit and 60 years before the Uk joined the EEC.
But according to the government the Alcohol Reform proposal is a Brexit benefit! Now I’ve known all along that any EU country can impose and tax pretty much anything. For alcohol this has been a cash cow for the UK. This goes back 400 years.
So when @RishiSunak tells you he is reforming the excise on alcohol and it a Brexit Benefit he too is lying. This reform could have happened at any point in the last 90 years. It’s got nothing to do with EU membership. Moreover he’s making a total pigs ear of it.
The @wstauk and @WSTA_Miles have lobbied very loudly to government and whilst they know there 27 levels of nonsense is totally UNWORKABLE, still they press ahead.
The MSM media have all agreed with the wine industry which is why @Independent @FT @Daily_Expressuk and @Telegraph have now all printed detailed articles on this (see my thread form yesterday) and when I went on with @mrjamesob a couple months ago James got it too.
So yet again we find ourselves in a position where the UK Government, due to its sheer incompetence, is potentially going to reduce its ability to collect this historical tax because a tee total chancellor didn’t understand the difference between 3 and 27 levels of taxation. 🤦🏻
Finally it’s worth mentioning that the wine industry is very open to debating this with any member of government. I personally would be more than happy to go on TV or Radio and debate this. The government however are less keen, wonder why that is? Oh yeah it’s UNWORKABLE…
Hopefully people in #Wakefield and #TivertonandHonitonByElection will read this to get a really good idea of how well the government are at implementing ‘new’ ideas. Hint there not…

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Jun 11
So today the @Telegraph joined a host of other MSM outlets to tell the public what a total hash @RishiSunak is making of the alcohol reform proposal. Now the nuts and bolts of this are really simple to understand. The government wants you to think they are doing you a favour.
There not, they are totally & utterly f**king it up trying to introduce a system that’s UNWORKABLE at best which will result in fraud being committed on epic scales. But don’t take my work for it ( an actual wine importer that deals with HMRC excise declarations day in day out).
Here are just a small selection of the MSM outlets that have covered this story since January 2022. independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…
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Jun 11
Well exciting news folks! If you live in the Cardiff area something new is coming to town. Something that will hopefully change the dynamic of wine wholesale and retail in Cardiff for the good.
In July @direct_spanish is opening its new store on Penarth Road. This family business has been trading since 2001, and has built up quite a reputation for quality in both the food and wine it sells from Spain. The owners source most of their wares directly from source.
To give you an idea of the reputation, the fabulous @NeilCammies in his last last wine review ever today has selected one of the their wines and trust me Neil save the best for last!
Read 5 tweets
Jun 10
I am constantly amazed by some of the replies I get on Twitter. Some are enlightening and some are down right mindless. From my thread last weekend many Brexit types kept saying EU wines are all terrible. Now of course I don’t agree with that sentiment. But it got me thinking…
How many wines regions in the EU are there that most people would recognise. Here are just a few and I am sure my fellow wine importers can add more that I miss… France for starters, Champagne, Bordeaux, Rhône, Loire, Burgundy, Alsace & Provence.
Spain we have Rioja, Ribera, Priorat, Cava, Albariño from Galicia which are well known. There are many more like Jumilla, Valencia, Rueda, Toro, Penedes etc… Then we have Portugal with Port, Vinho Verde, Dao, Duero etc…
Read 10 tweets
Jun 5
Following on from my thread yesterday it does make my laugh that Brexiteers don’t understand one important point. I ship wine from around the world and the wider trade has done this for decades.
As an industry we are among the best travelled people in the UK. We speak with suppliers daily in all corners of earth 🌏. I have been personally to all 5 continents. So we know how to trade and we know what geographical limits are.
It’s why your hard pushed to find anyone in the wine trade that supports Brexit. It’s not because anti government, it’s because we’re anti stupidity. We understand barriers to trade because we deal with them daily. From full EU access to ridiculous barriers isn’t that smart.
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Jun 4
We are now 18 months into Brexit and after huge disruption to my business I can finally get a real picture, in financial terms, of just what a bad move Brexit it has been for my company and every other importer.
Pre-Brexit, shipping goods was relatively straightforward from the EU. Order, collection and delivery within 7-10 days was the norm from every part of the EU, which accounts for 66.6% of all wine consumed in the U.K.
The average cost was £170-£190 per single pallet for the logistics and this pallet could be mixed with multiple suppliers (not anymore) including EU movement documents. These were the only costs. So in other words easy and cheap to trade.
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Apr 20
So here is the latest bit of Brexit related bullshit which is starting to become a reality for pretty much all importers of excise goods. I just want to explain this one because the is very much how cartels work.
Yesterday I was talking to one of my many hauliers regarding the thrilling subject of Excise goods under bond in transit from the EU to a bonded warehouse in the U.K. Now I’ll be honest it’s not a riveting topic until consumers realise they are being screwed again.
Basically when I bring stock into the U.K. I pay import duty of £2.23 per bottle. However as a bonded warehouse keeper I can defer this until I am ready to sell on the U.K. market or export out to say Jersey for example.
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