‘NO DEAL’ FOR CHAIN PUB BOSS

Sunderland Echo - - Front page - By David Al­li­son david.al­li­[email protected]­me­dia.co.uk Twit­ter: @davi­dal­li­son88

The founder of a ma­jor pub chain has been on Wear­side to drum up sup­port for a No Deal Brexit from the Eu­ro­pean Union.

Tim Martin, who is chair­man of JD Wether­spoon, was at The William Jame­son in Sun­der­land’s Fawcett Street.

He was in the city as part of a whis­tle-stop tour of the coun­try as he speaks of what he sees as the eco­nomic ad­van­tages of leav­ing the EU on March 29 next year with­out a deal.

He sees the fu­ture as adopt­ing the free trade ap­proach of coun­tries like New Zealand, Canada, Aus­tralia, Sin­ga­pore and Is­rael.

These ad­van­tages will be lost, Mr Martin ar­gues, if the Gov­ern­ment signs up for a deal with the EU, which keeps the UK tied in to the EU cus­toms union.

He said: “I think a ‘no deal’ is a bet­ter out­come for the coun­try.

“There’s a tremen­dous amount of fear be­ing dis­pensed by the CBI and prore­main or­gan­i­sa­tions and, un­for­tu­nately, quite a lot of MPs have swal­lowed it.

“I think that, with a no deal, we can save £39bil­lion, we can elim­i­nate tar­iffs on food, chil­dren’s clothes and a lot of items that peo­ple in this city buy ev­ery day.”

He added: “I also think we can re­gain con­trol of fish­ing and more democ­racy and this com­bi­na­tion of things is very pow­er­ful, par­tic­u­larly democ­racy, be­cause it’s very closely linked to pros­per­ity and the EU is be­com­ing more un­demo­cratic.”

Ian McCready, 55, of Pal­lion, had to come see the busi­ness­man speak and said he was in “very im­pressed” by Mr Martin’s com­ments.

“I’m very an­gry and an­noyed be­cause I voted to leave in 2016 and I ex­pected that this coun­try would show some courage,” said Mr McCready.

“I’ve found Par­lia­ment to be a set of cow­ards to be hon­est, but I think that the EU will break up af­ter we leave.

“We joined the com­mon mar­ket when I was 10 and I don’t think we should have ever gone in.”

Mau­reen Melvin, 72, of Se­aburn Dene, who was en­joy­ing a meal with her sis­ter Caro­line Hind­marsh, 68, of Thor­ney Close, voted to re­main in the ref­er­en­dum.

“They’ve had two years now to get a deal and they haven’t,” said Mau­reen.

“No­body seems to want the job of ac­tu­ally do­ing things, apart from Boris John­son that is.

“But I think it will all work out in the end.”

“I think a ‘no deal’ is a bet­ter out­come for the coun­try” TIM MARTIN

JD Wether­spoon founder Tim Martin gives his views on Brexit at The William Jame­son in Sun­der­land’s Fawcett Street.

JD Wether­spoon founder Tim Martin.

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