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Wetherspoons prepares for Brexit by replacing EU-sourced drinks with British brands

Wetherspoons prepares for Brexit by replacing EU-sourced drinks with British brands”

Brexit is set to change what you drink in a major booze shake-up on the high street.

Martin said the chain is likely to make further investment in non-EU products once the United Kingdom reaches its Brexit cut-off date on 29 March, but European beers, wines and spirits won't disappear from the menu altogether, or at least not yet. Hence it's some British sparkling wines instead of champagnes on the drinks list from July, for the extremely small group of people who would choose a Wetherspoons to host the type of occasion where champagne is to be drunk.

Sparkling wines from the United Kingdom and Australia will be substituted for champagne, while more United Kingdom wheat beers will be sold.

Alcohol-free Adnams Ghost Ship brewed in Suffolk will replace the German-made alcohol-free beer from Erdinger.

Founder and vocal Brexit supporter Tim Martin said that the move to non-EU suppliers would help to make prices lower in the long run, if the United Kingdom ends tariffs once it has left the customs union.

'It is the start of a review all products in the next six to 24 months, with the object of making our business more competitive.

Martin accused the EU customs union of being a "protectionist system" which is "widely misunderstood".

Nigel Farage, former UKIP leader and the public face of Leave.EU, praised Martin's decision ahead of what some are calling the United Kingdom economy's anticipated "Brexit Boom" as a result of retailers turning more to home-grown products.

'There will be an inevitable transfer of trade post-Brexit to countries outside the European Union, which will reduce prices in shops and pubs.

He said that tariffs were imposed on wine from Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and also on coffee, oranges, rice and more than 12,000 other products.

However, we are starting to make the transition to non-EU trade now'.

Wetherspoon will replace champagne with sparkling wines from the UK and others from Australia, and will serve wheat beers from Britain and the United States.

Kopparberg, a popular cider made in Sweden, will still be stocked because production is moving to Britain after Brexit.

Mr Martin urged Mrs May to leave the single market and customs union next March and abolish import taxes on non-EU products, which would "immediately reduce prices in pubs and shops across the country".



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