Could we soon see an end to 24-hour drinking?

Britain's 24-hour drinking laws could be scrapped as Theresa May orders a review of Labour's reform

Labour’s 24-hour drinking laws could be a thing of the past as the new coalition Government ordered a review of the 2003 Licencing Act.

The laws allowed pubs and clubs in England and Wales to apply for later, or even 24-hour, licences to sell alcohol.

Home Secretary, Theresa May, has revealed that she is determined to examine problems created by the ‘binge drinking‘ culture that includes violence and other crimes.

During a speech at the Police Federation conference, Mrs May said her worst fears about round-the-clock opening had been realized and that there had been no sign of ‘café culture’ promised by the last Government.

‘I was in Opposition when the new laws were introduced and I argued against them precisely because of the problems we have seen.

‘I argued that those were the sorts of problems that would come about, but I was told we would have a ‘café culture’. We think they have produced problems on the streets’

The review will analyse a number of options, such as scrapping 24-hour drinking altogether, or dramatically scaling it back.

‘We think it is right that we do review these laws.’

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