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Wetherspoon is going through some dramatic changes because of Brexit

13 June 2018

Pub chain Wetherspoon has announced it will sell more - and cheaper - drinks from the United Kingdom and non-EU brewers in the run up to the British exit next March.

Sparkling wines from the United Kingdom will include Denbies Sparkling Whitedowns Brut and Whitedowns Rose Brut, as well as Hardys Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay from Australia.

Spoons chairman Tim Martin - a strong Brexit supporter - said: "This move helps us to broaden our horizons so we create an improved offer for the two million customers who visit our pubs each week".

Major British employers groups have urged the government to remain in a customs union with the EU after Brexit, warning of the risk of tariffs and border delays in their trade with the bloc if they are outside the common external tariff area.

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He said that tariffs were imposed on wine from Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and also on coffee, oranges, rice and more than 12,000 other products.

Wetherspoon's will honour contracts with several suppliers, some of which last for years.

His comments came after the chairman of Sainsbury's, David Taylor, the British Retail Consortium and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warned Brexit without an European Union trade deal will drive up food prices. It costs a lot to produce, so many publications facing an uncertain future can no longer fund it.

Kopparberg has confirmed that it will be producing its cider in the United Kingdom post-Brexit.

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Under the plan, British wheat beer and alcohol-free beer will replace the current beers brewed in Germany. Brits drank one third of the world's Italian fizz in 2016, but sales figures released ahead of worldwide wine fair ProWein in April this year show that the traditional-method French sparkler is losing ground with consumers.

Its UK wheat beers will include Blue Moon Belgian White, Thornbridge Versa Weisse Beer and SA Brains Atlantic White.

Wetherspoon's will continue to serve Kopparberg cider from Sweden.

Alcohol-free Adnams Ghost Ship will replace Erdinger alcohol-free beer from Germany.

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So probably good news if you're a UK-based craft beer producer, or your dad's got a vineyard in Dorset. A "no-deal" alternative would leave the United Kingdom much better off than it is today'.

Wetherspoon is going through some dramatic changes because of Brexit