Wetherspoons Cuts 20p Off A Pint Of Ruddles Beer To £1.69
In an attempt to show how Brexit can reduce costs, Wetherspoons is knocking 20p off a pint of Ruddles. More than 600 branches of Wetherspoons are serving Ruddles, which is brewed by Greene King for £1.69, while a further 160 will be offering a pint for £1.59 or less. In 36 pubs, Ruddles will cost just £1.39.
The rest of the pubs will serve a pint between £1.99 and £2.89 depending on their location.
Wetherspoons boss, Tim Martin, told inews.co.uk that it's a symbolic move that will show consumers that they're spending too much on alcohol. He said: "This is a symbolic move, there are no tariffs on beer.
"There's been no import tax reduction yet.
"But it shows prices can be low. Pubs are synonymous with beer - it's the most important thing. At the moment it's much cheaper to buy it in the supermarket.
"These prices illustrate what might happen when we leave. People are very grateful if they can afford to go out when they otherwise wouldn't have been able to."
Mr Martin guesses that more money could be saved by Wetherspoons if the UK were to leave the Customs Union.
He said: "At the current time customers and businesses pay tariffs on thousands of products which are imported from outside the EU.
"These tariffs are collected by the UK government and sent to Brussels. Provided we leave the Customs Union on 31 October, the government can end these protectionist tariffs, which will reduce prices in supermarkets and pubs.
"In order to illustrate this point, Wetherspoon has decided to reduce the price of Ruddles bitter, brewed by Greene King.
"A lot of politicians have misled the public by suggesting leaving the customs union would be a 'cliff edge' or 'disaster'. This is the reverse of the truth. Ending tariffs will reduce prices."
Martin, who is an outspoken Eurosceptic and believes Boris Johnson is a 'winner', told The Sun: "If we leave the customs union on October 31, Wetherspoon will bring the price of beer to down to an unbelievable low.
"That's a guarantee - but we have to leave properly, Boris Johnson. No messing around with customs union or any of that funny stuff."
He's even promised customers some sort of 'Brexit beer' to mark the occasion - again, if Johnson meets the Halloween deadline."
He added: "The key thing is if we don't leave on October 31 we'll have years of wrangling ahead.
"That will be two years of hell, of which the current hell continues, with the elite, who don't want us to leave at all, continuing their campaign."
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