MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has added his voice to a call by local publicans for pubs in Wales to be allowed to stay open late during this summer’s World Cup.
While the UK Government is permitting pubs in England to carry on serving until 1am during England’s late night matches from Brazil, it appears that the automatic licensing extension will not apply to Wales.
Speaking on Wednesday, Nick said:
“Many people in Wales will wish to follow and support England’s progress in the World Cup, especially as it is the only home nation in the tournament. It seems unfair that Welsh drinkers, particularly in border towns such as Monmouth and Chepstow in my constituency, will not be able to enjoy watching the matches in their local pubs as will their neighbours across the border.
“I sympathise with local landlords who are understandably angry at being treated differently and will either have to close as normal or apply for temporary event notices.
“Our MP David Davies has raised this issue in Westminster and I am raising it with the Welsh Minister responsible for Local Government, Lesley Griffiths AM, asking if there are any plans to extend the automatic extensions to Welsh pubs. I am hoping for a favourable response.”