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Wetherspoons to celebrate Brexit by offering cheap drinks from European producers

He may have been one of the most outspoken Brexiteers around, but now Tim Martin, the chairman of JD Wetherspoon is offering a hand of friendship to Europe.

The UK-wide pub chain is marking the date that the UK leaves the European Union by kicking-off what it calls a "Let's Stay Friends" promotion.

Billed as the chain's way of 'celebrating Brexit' the prices of 10 drinks will be reduced for one month - with all the participating tipples having European origins.

They include drinks made in Germany, France, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands and Ireland, as well as ones made in the UK.

The promotion will run until February 29 across all of the company's 870 pubs in the UK.

Across the month bottles of Estrella Galacia beer from Spain, German favourite Beck's, Peroni from Italy and Tskie beer from Poland will be reduced in price.

A bottle of Beck's will cost £1.49 at 700 of the 870 Wetherspoon pubs with the reduction varying at some of the others in the chain.

Jameson Irish Whiskey and Grey Goose Vodka from France will also be reduced in price as will Swedish Koppaberg cider.

As he introduced the promotion, Mr Martin offered the hand of friendship to Europe, but also made one of his now trademark political statements.

He said: " Many of our customers are keen to celebrate Brexit.

"At the same time, we want to remain friends with our European neighbours and offer a range of drinks at an excellent price.

"In my opinion, there has been far too much political posturing in negotiations between the UK and the EU up until now.

"The UK should aim to treat all countries of the world equally by eliminating current protectionist tariffs on nearly 13,000 non-EU imports, which cause every person, and most businesses in the UK, to pay artificially high prices for everyday goods, including rice, oranges, wine and children's clothing and shoes.

"The EU and UK need to understand that tariffs and protectionism are counter-productive.

"UK consumers will shun EU goods if tariffs are imposed on UK exports - as EU consumers might do if the roles were reversed.

"It is therefore pointless for one side to threaten the other with tariffs.

"The public and businesses will be the ultimate decision-makers through their purchasing choices.

"Let's stay friends and enjoy free trade, but take account of the economic reality.

"Consumers hold the whip hand in these negotiations, not governments."

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