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

Bar Chain Wetherspoon

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon (JDW.L), run by one of Brexit's most fervent supporters, will sell more British and non-European drinks, shunning French champagne and offering British and American beer instead of German 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.

French champagne will be replaced with other sparkling wines from the United Kingdom and Australia and more British wheat beers will be sold.

Martin is skewing his pubs' ordering of drinks away from European Union sources, because it's cheaper to buy them from outside the European Union and British beers and wines can be purchased without paying the tariffs imposed by the EU's "protectionist system".

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

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

He said that tariffs were imposed on wine from Australia, New Zealand and the U.S., and also on coffee, oranges, rice and more than 12,000 other products.

Moet & Chandon champagne will be swapped with sparkling wine from the United Kingdom like Denbies Sparkling Whitedowns Brut and Whitedowns Rose Brut and Australia's Hardys Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay.

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Its UK wheat beers will include Blue Moon Belgian White, Thornbridge Versa Weisse Beer and SA Brains Atlantic White.

It will continue to serve Kopparberg cider from Sweden, after the firm confirmed that it will be producing its cider in the United Kingdom post-Brexit.

Mr Martin said Wetherspoon sells two million bottles of sparkling wine each year, most of which is prosecco.

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

"Champagne has lost market share to lower price sparkling wines", Mr Martin said.

Alcohol-free Adnams Ghost Ship will replace Erdinger alcohol-free beer from Germany.

So probably good news if you're a UK-based craft beer producer, or your dad's got a vineyard in Dorset.

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