The rate of pub closures is slowing, according to new figures released by CAMRA.

According to the real ale champions there are now 14 pubs shutting up shop every day of the year, which is down from the previous number of 18.

The release of the figures has prompted to CAMRA to renew its Save Our Pubs campaign.

With Brexit on the horizon it is urging the government to use freedom from European ties to reduce beer duty in pubs to level the playing field between the on trade and supermarkets.

It also wants a full review of both the Business Rates System to "fix the unfair amount pubs pay" and of "ineffective" legislation designed to help tenants get a fair deal from pubcos.

Jackie Parker, CAMRA's national chairman, said: "Pubs are a very important part of our national culture and are valuable community assets which help to combat loneliness and social isolation. It's great we have seen a drop in the number of pubs closing, showing that our hard-fought campaign to get planning protection for pubs was worth it.

"Protecting pubs in the English planning system was a necessity and a welcome move from the government. However, it's taken nearly two years for the trickle-down effects of the planning changes to show. Our politicians should back the asks of the Save Our Pubs Campaign in full, and show they are squarely behind pubs."