Pro-Brexit Wether­spoon chief calls time on Euro­pean booze

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY GRA­HAM HISCOTT Head of Busi­ness

PUB gi­ant JD Wether­spoon is ditch­ing Ger­man wheat beers in favour of UK ver­sions be­cause of Brexit.

The com­pany, which is run by Leave backer Tim Martin, will also drop French cham­pagne and prosecco in favour of UK spark­ing wines.

The chain boss, 63, blamed the move on the “pro­tec­tion­ist sys­tem” within the EU.

Plans are for Euro­pean­made drinks to be phased out over the next six months to two years. Mr Martin said: “The EU’s cus­toms union is a pro­tec­tion­ist sys­tem which is widely mis­un­der­stood. It im­poses tar­iffs on the 93% of the world that is not in the EU, keep­ing prices high for UK con­sumers. “Tar­iffs are im­posed on wine from Aus­tralia, New Zealand and the US, and also on cof­fee, or­anges, rice and more than 12,000 other prod­ucts.”

CHANGES Boss Tim Martin

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