Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin in Hastings this morning to speak in favour of no deal Brexit

Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin will be visiting The John Logie Baird in Hastings this morning (January 10) at 11am to chat to customers about Bexit.

Thursday, 10th January 2019, 7:32 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 3:05 pm

Mr Martin has courted controversy with his firm pro-Brexit staff, even going so far as to ban Champagne and French cognac from his pubs, replacing them with English and Australian versions.

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The Wetherspoons boss, who will be at the pub for an hour, says he aims to speak to customers about what he considers to be the huge economic advantages of leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 without a deal, and of adopting the free trade approach of countries like New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Singapore.

These advantages will be lost, Mr Martin argues, if the government signs up for a deal with the EU, which keeps the UK tied in to the protectionist EU customs union.

Mr Martin said: “Now that the details of the appalling deal, negotiated by the Downing Street kitchen cabinet have become clear, it is certain the UK will be financially far better off by choosing no deal.

“The hard mathematics demonstrate beyond doubt that no deal leaves the public and the UK better-off on day one after Brexit.

“The UK will immediately gain by non-payment of the proposed £39 billion, for which lawyers have repeatedly confirmed there is no legal liability. “No deal also allows parliament, on 29 March 2019, to slash import taxes (tariffs) on over 12,000 non-EU products, including oranges, rice, coffee, wine and children’s clothes.”

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