Wetherspoons to replace foreign drinks before Brexit

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Pub chain Wetherspoons will cut the number of EU-sourced drinks and replace them with British ones in the run up to Brexit.

French champagne and German beers will be substituted for alternatives from the UK and other countries outside the bloc.

Kopparberg, a popular cider made in Sweden, will still be stocked because production is moving to Britain after Brexit.

Tim Martin, who founded Wetherspoons and campaigned for Brexit, said the chain was “starting to make the transition to non-EU trade” ahead of Britain’s expected exit date of 29 March 2019.

BEACONSFIELD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: The JD Wetherspoon pub, the 'Hope And Champion', opens for the first day of trading in the Extra Motorway Service Area at junction 2 of the M40 motorway on January 21, 2014 in Beaconsfield, England. The Hope and Champion is England's first pub to open in a motorway service area and will open from 4am until 1am on seven days a week.
Image: Wetherspoons is starting to ‘transition to non-EU trade’

Among the UK-brewed beers to get a stocking boost are Blue Moon Belgian White, Thornbridge Versa Weisse Beer and SA Brains Atlantic White.

Champagne will also be replaced by Denbies Whitedowns Sparkling and its Brut Rose – both made in the UK.

Australian Hardys Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay will also appear on the menu.

Wetherspoons releases a new selection of drinks as part of its drive to cut EU-sourced beers and and replace them with British ones
Image: Some of the drinks featured under Wetherspoons’ new rules

Mr Martin claimed the move would help Wetherspoons “broaden our horizons”, hitting out at the EU’s “protectionist” customs union.

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised Britain will quit the group which sets universal import duties when it leaves the EU.

Mr Martin said: “The EU’s customs union is a protectionist system which is widely misunderstood.

Chairman of Wetherspoons pub chain, Tim Martin is seen during an interview in London on June 14, 2016. At popular British pub chain Wetherspoon, the EU referendum debate is hard to avoid -- it's in the magazine given out to customers, on the company website and even on special anti-EU beer mats. / AFP / BEN STANSALL / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY DARIO THUBURN (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Image: Founder Tim Martin has criticised the EU’s ‘protectionist’ customs union

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

“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.

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“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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