Saturday, January 19, 2019

Wetherspoons bans every European wine and a number of popular beers on the orders of Pro Brexit chef Tim Martin


The Wetherspoons Brexit boss has had time in the pub chain to sell most European wines and beers - and customers do not seem to mind.


Founder and Chairman Tim Martin, 63, has fulfilled his promise to stop most drinks from European Union countries and focus more on UK and non-EU drinks.


    Tim Martin is a passionate follower of Brexit

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Tim Martin is a passionate follower of Brexit

Last year, Weatherspoons said it dropped drinks like French champagne and German beers, but now it seems to go further.


The result is brands such as Staropramen from the Czech Republic and Denmark's Tuborg, as well as Spanish Rioja wine and Pinot Grigio from Italy.


They were replaced by the Australian brand Hardys, Villa Maria from New Zealand and Trivento Malbec from Argentina.


Champagne and sparkling wines have already been replaced by wines from Australia and England, and the German Jagermeister has been moved to an English equivalent called Strika.


Some EU brands are still available in the 880 branches of the chain, including a popular favorite brand Stella Artois.


Martin is a passionate supporter of Brexit and has often attacked the government for dealing with Britain's exit from the European Union.


In 2016, before the country took part in the historic vote, Wetherspoons printed thousands of beer mats for Brexit, which attacked then-Chancellor George Osborne during the referendum.


The customers of the pub seem to be largely unaffected by the change in the drinks to be sold.


Pensioner Peter Banks, 85, of Lewisham, South London, told The Mirror: "I've noticed a change in beers, but when the beers have improved, I think they should have left everything as it was before. "


Helen Adams, 37, of Croydon, said, "I do not care, but if every company stopped selling beer and wines from the EU, everyone in the UK would give up."


Tom Stainer of the campaign for Real Ale said: "Wherever you are in the Brexit debate, we hope that both the government and consumers will support local breweries, producers and pubs during this time of uncertainty.


"Many of our tax rates for pubs and breweries are actually set at European level. We hope that the UK Government will use its exit from the EU to review this system.


"In particular, we would like a lower rate for beer sold as a barrel or bottle than in bottles or cans. This would help keep prices down in the pub and encourage beer drinkers to return to their local owner.


"We also want consumers to celebrate real ales, ciders and pears that are by nature British products.


    Staropramen is no longer sold by Wetherspoons

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Staropramen is no longer sold by Wetherspoons
    Stella Artois is still sold
Stella Artois is still sold
    Wetherspoons has 880 pubs in the UK

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Wetherspoons has 880 pubs in the UK
    The tavern chain had already stopped selling Champagne and sparkling wine from the EU

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The tavern chain had already stopped selling Champagne and sparkling wine from the EU
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"By choosing British beer and looking for the British hop logo on your pint - suggesting that hops are also sourced in the UK - beer drinkers can actively support companies near their home.


A Wetherspoon spokesman said, "Whether people agree or disagree with Tim's views shows that he is a man of his words.


"This is just the beginning and over the next two years there will be more drinks from around the world."



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