partlycloudy
Friday August 17th, 2018 7:06PM

UK pub chain snubs Champagne, Prosecco ahead of Brexit

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LONDON (AP) — A major U.K. pub chain will stop serving French Champagne, Italian Prosecco, and German wheat beers and offer more British drinks ahead of the country's exit from the European Union.

Tim Martin, the founder of the JD Wetherspoon chain and a strong advocate for Brexit, said Wednesday that the aim is to make the business more competitive for when Brexit becomes a reality.

The move, which comes into force next month, seems to be as much a political point as a business decision.

Last year, Wetherspoon sold 2 million bottles of Prosecco, 500,000 bottles of German wheat beer, and 100,000 bottles of Champagne. By comparison, it sold 6 million bottles of the Swedish cider Kopparberg, which it is not blocking, even though Sweden is also in the EU.

As part of the EU, Britain pays no tariffs on EU goods it imports. That could change if Britain exits the EU customs union when it leaves the bloc.

Wednesday's announcement coincides with the British Parliament's frantic discussion over legislation preparing the U.K. for Brexit. One of the issues that will be debated is whether Britain remains in the customs union.

Martin says his company should make the most of "big marketing opportunities for U.K. and non-EU producers" that will result from Brexit.

Martin is notoriously in favor of leaving the EU, saying recently that it is a "protection racket" that "steals from the poor and gives to the rich."

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Entertainment, APOnline Celebrity News, AP Business
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
UK pub chain snubs Champagne, Prosecco ahead of Brexit
A major U.K. pub chain will stop serving French Champagne and German wheat beers next month and offer more British drinks to prepare for the country's departure from the European Union
12:28PM ( 6 minutes ago )
The Latest: Merkel, allies head for showdown over migration
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading for a showdown with her conservative allies in a dispute over whether to turn back some refugees at the border
12:16PM ( 17 minutes ago )
It's Trump's party now as GOP learns not to cross president
It's Trump's party now as Republicans learn from Sanford's example not to cross the president
12:12PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Nevada pimp Dennis Hof wins GOP primary, ousts incumbent
The owner of half a dozen legal brothels in Nevada has ousted a Republican state lawmaker running for re-election
11:44AM ( 50 minutes ago )
After AT&T-Time Warner win, is Comcast-Fox a done deal?
Now that a federal judge has approved AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, other companies are likely to rush to consolidate.
11:21AM ( 1 hour ago )
Coaches killed in Florida shooting to receive ESPY awards
The ESPYS are breaking tradition with the Best Coach Award, awarding it posthumously this year to three Parkland coaches who died shielding their students from gunfire.
11:19AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Entertainment
John Travolta feted at pizzeria from 'Saturday Night Fever'
John Travolta has gotten quite the celebration at a New York City pizza joint made famous in his hit movie 'Saturday Night Fever'
6:05PM ( 18 hours ago )
Rose McGowan to go on trial in January on cocaine charge
Actress and activist Rose McGowan will stand trial in January on a charge of felony cocaine possession in Virginia
5:46PM ( 18 hours ago )
Jury orders Rams to pay $12.5 million for Reggie Bush injury
A St. Louis jury has ordered the NFL's Rams to pay former running back Reggie Bush $12.5 million for a severe knee injury suffered at St. Louis' domed stadium in 2015, the team's final season before relocating to Los Angeles
5:16PM ( 19 hours ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
The Latest: Abortion debate reaches Argentina team in Russia
The issue of legalizing elective abortion in Argentina has reached the national team at the World Cup in Russia, with players fielding questions about the topic at a news conference as lawmakers debate it back home.
11:49AM ( 44 minutes ago )
The Latest: Mexico president congratulates North America bid
Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto has congratulated the bidders from the United States, Canada and Mexico on winning the vote to host the 2026 World Cup
10:58AM ( 1 hour ago )
NASA rover falls silent as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars
NASA's rover Opportunity has fallen silent as a gigantic dust storm envelops Mars and blots out the sun.
10:52AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
The Latest: Merkel, allies head for showdown over migration
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading for a showdown with her conservative allies in a dispute over whether to turn back some refugees at the border
12:16PM ( 17 minutes ago )
It's Trump's party now as GOP learns not to cross president
It's Trump's party now as Republicans learn from Sanford's example not to cross the president
12:12PM ( 22 minutes ago )
The Latest: Russian TV picks ex-coach as commentator
Stanislav Cherchesov will be coaching Russia in the World Cup's opening match with his predecessor dissecting his every move as color commentator for Russian state TV.
12:11PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Ryan paints rosy scenario on immigration, details to come
House Speaker Paul Ryan is painting a rosy scenario for a still-evolving Republican immigration deal
12:08PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Trump's Mideast team to push peace plan in region
The White House says President Donald Trump's Mideast negotiating team will visit the region next week to promote its as-yet unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and hold talks on deteriorating conditions in the Gaza Strip
11:53AM ( 40 minutes ago )