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UK pub chain snubs French Champagne ahead of Brexit

By The Associated Press
Posted 10:15AM on Wednesday 13th June 2018 ( 6 months ago )

LONDON (AP) — 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.

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

As part of the EU, there are no tariffs on EU goods entering Britain. But that could change if Britain exits the EU customs union when it leaves the bloc.

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

Wednesday's announcement coincides with the British Parliament's frantic discussion over legislation preparing the U.K. for Brexit.

A selection of mainly British beers are seen for sale in a Wetherspoon pub in North London, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. 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. Tim Martin, the founder of the JD Wetherspoon chain and a strong advocate for Brexit, says the aim is to make the business more competitive for when Brexit becomes a reality. (AP Photo/Robert Stevens)
A general view of a Wetherspoon pub in North London, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. 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. Tim Martin, the founder of the JD Wetherspoon chain and a strong advocate for Brexit, says the aim is to make the business more competitive for when Brexit becomes a reality. (AP Photo/Robert Stevens)

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