Network pub JD Wetherspoon to sell more drinks from the UK and EU Brewers in anticipation of a British exit from the EU.
Champagne and wheat beer, produced in France and Germany will be replaced. Sparkling wines from the UK and Australia will be replaced by champagne and will be sold in the UK wheat beer.
The switch will affect all pubs Wetherspoon 880 from 9 July.
Wetherspoon Chairman Tim Martin, a staunch supporter of the British exit from the EU, said: “this step will help us to broaden our horizons to ensure we create improved offer for 2 million customers who visit our pubs every week.
“This is the beginning of a review of all of the goods within six to 24 months, with the aim to make our business more competitive.
“The customs Union of the EU is a protectionist system, which is widely misunderstood. It imposes duties on 93% of the light that is not in the EU, while maintaining high prices for UK consumers. Tariffs are imposed on wines from Australia, New Zealand and the USA, as well as coffee, oranges, rice, and more than 12,000 other products,” he said.
“There will be an inevitable transfer of trade after the British exit from the EU to countries outside the EU, which will reduce prices in shops and pubs. The products which we present now at lower prices than EU products they replace.
“We intend to honor existing contracts with suppliers of the EU, some of which are already several years,” he added.
Sparkling wine from the UK will include Denbies Whitedowns Whitedowns Brut and rose Brut, as well as Hardys sparkling Pinot Chardonnay from Australia.
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