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

14 June 2018

Others were quick to point out that Martin's statement made no mention of Prosecco, which is routinely advertised in the pub's food and drink offers and is more widely drunk across the United Kingdom than any other sparkling wine.

Sparkling wines from British producer Denbies will take the place of champagne, while the alcohol-free version of Adnams Ghost Ship will replace Germany's Erdinger alcohol-free beer.

Wetherspoon will continue to serve Kopparberg cider from Sweden, as the company has said it will transfer production to the United Kingdom post-Brexit.

However, it does plan to phase out its German wheat beers, replacing them with home-grown brews.

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 of all products in the next six to 24 months, with the object of making our business more competitive".

The drinks boss said it makes sense to invest in United Kingdom drinks products now because of the EU's "protectionist" tariff systems, which he claims are "widely misunderstood".

"It imposes tariffs on the 93% of the world not in the European Union, keeping prices high for United Kingdom consumers".

'Tariffs are imposed on wine from Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and also on coffee, oranges, rice and more than 12,000 other products. Wetherspoon's will honour contracts with several suppliers, some of which last for years.

Wetherspoon's will continue to serve Kopparberg cider from Sweden.

Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin - who is vocally pro-Brexit - revealed there is a big menu shake-up coming, and a lot of punters' favourite tipples will disappear between now and 2020.

Just a fortnight ago the vocal chairman told Theresa May to be bolder in her Brexit demands. If there's only one pub or supermarket in town, you'll pay over the odds.

"In the event of Brexit when things are changing, it's a very good opportunity to look around the world and see what we can get that enhance customers' enjoyment of our pubs".

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. He said each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies would receive around £60million.

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