Wetherspoons Could Shake Up Its Products Because Of Brexit
If you walk into your local JD Wetherspoons and order your favourite imported beer, then you might have to think about choosing a new 'usual' drink. The boss of the UK pub empire, Tim Martin, is furious at the way negotiations are dragging out between British officials and their European Union counterparts, and is planning to take action.
Mr Martin claims goods could jump in price thanks to the EU's blockade against a trade deal with the UK. So he's warning that he might jump the gun and take measures to ensure the negotiations won't affect his businesses.
He told the Mirror: "As a result of their current posturing and threats, EU negotiators are inevitably encouraging importers like Wetherspoon to look elsewhere for supplies. This process is unlikely to have adverse effects on the UK economy, as companies will be able to switch to suppliers representing the 93 percent of the world's population which is not in the EU, but this evolution will eventually be highly damaging to the economy of the EU.
"Wetherspoon is extremely confident that it can switch from EU suppliers, if required, although we would be very reluctant to initiate such actions."
At least he's hesitant to pulling the trap door on EU products for now, but if the UK is pushed into a corner in regard to negotiations, then Mr Martin and other importers might change their suppliers.
But it's not just foreign beer that's potentially facing the axe - Wetherspoons' biggest seller is Lavazza coffee, which comes from Italy. While the company could find an alternative, coffee lovers might be upset at the change.
Tim Martin. Credit: PA
Thankfully, the majority of beers from the EU are brewed under license in the UK. However, one of the first labels on the chopping block would be Swedish cider Kopparberg, according to the newspaper.
The news comes shortly after Wetherspoons announced it would be cutting back on allowing people to charge their phones at the pub. A Wetherspoons spokesman told the Metro: "The bar itself is busy and we do not want people's phones there.
"We also do not want the hassle of phones being handed over the bar for charging.
"If people wish to charge their phone in the pub, then that would be up to the discretion of the manager."
You've been warned: charge your phone before you hit up your local 'Spoons.
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