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Beer saves duchy from carrier bag tax

By PRW Staff
Posted 1 April 2014

The Duchy of Grand Fenwick could evade any European Union (EU) legislation forcing retailers to charge for carrier bags as a result of the small Alpine territory’s founding documents, which prohibit any legislation that “might encumber the free transportation of ale”.

The landlord of tiny state’s largest licensed premises, the Gray Goose Pub, has claimed that as his customers sometimes use plastic carrier bags to transport off-sales home any move to impose a charge would be in direct conflict with his country’s core doctrines.

“The basic principles of Grand Fenwick’s founding fathers have stood our tiny country in good stead since 1370 and I can see no reason to tamper with them now,” said landlord David Bentner.

“We might be the smallest constituent part of the European Union but that doesn’t mean we don’t count.”

A resolution supporting Bentner’s stance will be put before the country’s government today although insiders point out that Grand Fenwick’s legislative process is notoriously slow.

“We might not get a final motion on the proposed carrier bag levy until 1 April 2015,” according to one seasoned observer.

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