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Wetherspoons launch Brexit beer mats

A new beer mat entitled ‘Free Trade (ie no deal) Means Lower Prices’ has been distributed to JD Wetherspoon’s 875 UK pubs.

500,000 of the beer mats have been printed to address the leaders of the three main political parties, and have been signed by Wetherspoon Chairman, Tim Martin. It states ten points about a ‘no deal’ Brexit and suggests that the majority of the British public object to the costs facing the Government if the UK secures a trade deal with the EU.

The beer mats read: “Dear Leaders, sorry to bother you, but the vast majority of the public strongly objects to the crazy government plan to pay £39 billion to Brussels, with nothing in return - lawyers have repeatedly said that there is no legal obligation to pay. That’s £600 for every man, woman and child in the UK or £60 million per MP to spend on their constituents.

“Please also choose free trade, on leaving the EU on 29 March 2019, by ending the taxes or ‘tariffs’ which the EU imposes on more than 12,000 non-EU imports. Ending tariffs means lower prices in shops and pubs.”

“If the unelected President Juncker and his apparatchiks continue to be obstructive, remember that all EU products can be replaced by similar alternatives from the UK – or from the 93 per cent of the world not in the EU. Our good friends in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and Canada have slashed tariffs – their citizens are better off as a result, and their economies have thrived. And our good friends in countries like the USA and India are keen to do trade deals with us.

“So, please show some resolve by ending these tariffs and leaving the EU completely on 29 March next year. Procrastination is the thief of time, so let’s make sure it is not the thief of democracy.”

Wetherspoon has previously declared its allegiance with the no deal campaign, by announcing in June that it will no longer sell wines and beers from France, Italy and Germany. The pub group will instead replace these products with drinks from the UK, Australia and South Africa, with the aim to help ‘broaden our horizons’, in the words of Martin.

Despite the fears that a no deal Brexit will cause import delays and the need for businesses to stockpile products, Martin believes in the long-term benefits of a no deal exit from the EU.

He added: “The combination of no tariffs, resumption of control of fishing waters and the avoidance of a payment of £39b to the EU is far better than any deal that is likely – and this approach does not need the agreement of the EU or any other party.”

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