Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2019

Brexit news: Wetherspoon boss predicts boom for British beer brewers after Brexit | UK | News

The Brexiteer businessman told that he expects patriotic Britons to opt for domestic beers in a show of support after the country leaves the European Union. He has predicted that consumers will seek out more British products and urged businesses to take advantage of a celebration of all things homegrown. Mr Martin said his pub chain, which boasts 879 establishments across Britain, will continue to show support for homegrown brewers and wine producers despite new markets opening up to non-EU products.

He went on to encourage a “why don’t you try us” attitude amongst British businesses hopeful of making a success out of Brexit.

Mr Martin said: “We will certainly be trying to boost sales of British products, but we do that already.

“What it is is a good opportunity for anyone brewing beer in Britain, or producing wine, to appeal to British consumers that now is a good time to try it.

“There’s a big opportunity for British producers, and, to be fair, non-EU producers, to say ‘why don’t you try us’ because people will be looking around to support the home country.

“So it could give enterprising brewers and businesses a shot in the arm and the good ones will be able to make an opportunity from that.”

In a wide-ranging interview, Mr Martin linked the health of Britain’s pub industry to its democracy.

He insisted that firms had failed in southern Europe because of the constraints of the European Union.

But once freed from the shackles, he predicts Britain’s formerly great pub trade can once again flourish.

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“Japan, for example, came out of nowhere to become the second biggest economy in the world in a few decades once it adopted democracy.

“There is a very strong argument that by leaving the European Union without a deal, we will regain democracy.”

Mr Martin wants Boris Johnson to ensure that Britain can “eliminate export tariffs” set by Brussels after Brexit.

The Wetherspoon boss also highlighted that coastal towns are often full of beer drinkers, who will have more spending power if the fishing industry is handed a Brexit boost.

He suggested he will be able to slash prices “fairly immediately” when the country is no longer subject to EU trade tariffs.

“I think we’ll get a fairly immediate reduction if we leave the EU and the customs union in the price of things we buy in,” he said.

“It may not be astronomically high but it will be a significant help.”

“All of these things help the pub industry,” he added. “But I think one specific thing for the pub and restaurant industries is that food prices are kept artificially high by the protectionist EU system.”

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