Today we will be voting on my report on excise duty on alcohol and alcoholic beverages and I want you to reject the report. During the negociations leading up to the second vote in Econ on the 27th of June, I have made a compromise proposal to maintain the status quo in order to wait for the results of a Commission review on excise duties, to be published by the end of the year. Unfortunately, that proposal was defeated by a very narrow majority during the Econ vote and the Committe voted for a 4,5% increase of minimum rates. As I am against any increase, no matter how small, and as this strange procedure does not allow me to table amendments for the vote in plenary, may I ask you to reject my report. As I know that most of you followed my line on trying to abolish minimum rates, I would be grateful if you could help me fight against any increase in minimum rates, as unfortunately this is the best we can achieve under these circumstances.
Of course the report should be rejected as it stands. Though I wonder how the Tories feel about it, after all they are talking about tax increases on booze, maybe they will support the report as it now is against the wishes of its author.