Wetherspoons Will No Longer Sell French Champagne Or German Beers Post-Brexit

While so many of us are busy being consumed by the love triangle between Love Island's Rosie, Alex and Eyall, there is currently something pretty serious going on in the UK. Brexit talks.

No, unlike what Hayley Hughes led some young people to believe, we're talking about Nigel Farage raging in and chopping down all the trees.

While no one is entirely sure what Brexit Britain will look like, Wetherspoons has just announced that its pubs will no longer be selling French champagne or German wheat beers as of 9th July.

Morrisons
Morrisons

The gastro-pub chain - whose chairman backed the leave campaign - will now sell more drinks from the UK and non-EU manufacturers.

Instead of Moët & Chandon champagne we'll be sipping on sparkling wines from the UK and Australia and UK wheat beers will replace beers that come from German breweries Erdinger and Tucher.

In a statement chairman Tim 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.

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

"The EU's customs union is a protectionist system which is widely misunderstood.

"It imposes tariffs on the 93 per cent of the world that is not in the EU, keeping prices high for UK consumers.

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PA Images

"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.

"There will be an inevitable transfer of trade post-Brexit to countries outside the EU, which will reduce prices in shops and pubs.

"The products we are now introducing are at lower prices than the EU products they are replacing.

"We intend to honour existing contracts with EU suppliers, some of which have several years to run.

"However, we are starting to make the transition to non-EU trade now."

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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on emma.rosemurgey@pretty52.com

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