Wetherspoon launch BREXIT BEERMAT to tout benefits of leaving and BLAST unelected Juncker
Around half a million of the mats will be distributed to 875 pubs and will include a message to the three main political party leaders, saying: “The vast majority of the public strongly objects to the crazy Government plan to pay £39 billion to Brussels, with nothing in return.”
Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin is a strong supporter of Brexit.
He said lawyers state there is no legal obligation for the UK to pay anything to the EU after Brexit.
Mr Martin added: “We are calling on the Government not to pay the money.
“The message on the beer mat also makes it clear that, from our viewpoint, the Government should also choose free trade, on leaving the EU, by ending the taxes or ‘tariffs’ which the EU imposes on more than 12,000 non-EU imports.
“Under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, EU imports would also be tariff-free in this case. Ending tariffs means lower prices in shops and pubs.”
The Brexiteer is referring to the cost added to importing beer and wine from the New World and South America by the EU.
This could be eliminated if the UK pursues a hard Brexit.
But Theresa May’s current white paper on Brexit would mean the UK stays closely aligned on regulation with the EU once Britain leaves.
Mr Martin continued: “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 percent 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.”
Wetherspoon made menu changes in July.
They ditched German beers and Champagne for UK brands in the run-up to Brexit.
Mr Martin said: “This move helps us to broaden our horizons so that we create an improved offer for the two million customers who visit our pubs each week.”
He also printed thousands of pro-Brexit beermats attacking George Osborne in the run-up to the EU referendum.