According to the BBC there is now significant pressure within the government for the plan to be dropped. This is because of opposition from cabinet ministers including home secretary Theresa May, education secretary Michael Gove and former health minister and now Commons leader Andrew Lansley.
The Government has proposed a MUP of 45p a unit in the latest Alcohol Strategy. A 10 week consultation on the strategy closed on 6 February. The Home Office is still considering submissions to the consultation.
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “If this turns out to be the outcome, there are still many issues to discuss.
“We have always supported a ban on below-cost selling and a tax system that encourages lower-strength drinks.
“Overall, UK alcohol consumption is down by more than 16 per cent since 2004. Tackling problem drinking should mean targeting help at those who misuse alcohol, more local community partnerships, greater education and awareness and support for pubs.
“This is our preferred approach to fostering a culture of responsible drinking in the UK, and we want to continue to work in close partnership with the Government on this agenda.”