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Letter to Western Morning News on nettle beer

February 18th, 2011

Dear Sirs

Whether or not an alcoholic drink made from stinging nettles is classified as a beer is not the question, “MEP takes nettle beer row to Brussels”, 17 February 2011.

The issue here is the UK authorities have decided not to grant a reduced VAT rate to this nettle beer in the same way as they do for cider.

Yours faithfully

Jonathan Scheele
Head of European Commission Representation in the UK

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