How did Brits deal with referendum uncertainty? By drinking beer, it seems

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Euro 2016 is thought to have provided a boost for beer sales (Source: Getty)

Britain's beer drinkers were not put off their pints by the upcoming EU referendum.

New figures show an extra 31 million pints were bought between April and June this year, compared with the same period in 2015.

British beer sales were up 1.5 per cent in the second quarter of 2016, according to the British Beer and Pub Association’s Beer Barometer.

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Sales during the Euro 2016 football competition were a “big source of the boost”, with off-trade sales up 4.8 per cent.

On-trade sales – in pubs, bars and restaurants – fared less well, dropping 1.9 per cent.

BBPA chief executive, Brigid Simmonds, said: "These are yet more encouraging figures, and the football has given a real boost to sales.

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“It is quite clear we owe a huge debt of thanks to the cuts in beer duty from 2013. I hope the Government continues with this pioneering change in approach, and we continue to see support for fairer taxes for British beer.”

The BBPA said beer sales have risen 1.2 per cent over the last year, “and have been relatively stable since early 2013 following years of decline”.

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