Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin has said fears over a No Deal Brexit are ‘factually incorrect and highly misleading’.
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Martin said: “The misinformation from directors and trade organisations seems to be designed to support the view that staying in the EU for an additional two years is necessary to avoid a ‘cliff edge’.
“There is no cliff edge. Wetherspoon is ready now to leave the EU, since almost no preparation is required – as is almost certainly the case for Sainsbury’s and Whitbread, and the vast majority of companies.
“The lowest food prices can be obtained by the UK, without the need for the agreement or consent of any third party, by avoiding a ‘transitional deal’ – which would keep EU tariffs in place – and leaving the EU in March 2019,” Martin said.
“This would enable the UK to scrap EU food tariffs, as permitted under World Trade Organisation rules, on food imported from outside the EU. Under WTO rules, tariffs would not then be charged on imports from the EU either.”
It comes after Martin released a Wetherspoons Brexit manifesto:
- The UK should unilaterally grant rights of citizenship to legal EU migrants.
- The EU currently charges taxes on food imported from outside the EU. From March 2019, the government can and should eliminate these import taxes. This will result in a reduction in food prices in shops and pubs.
- From March 2019, the government should also stop paying the EU £200m per week. The money disappears into EU coffers, which have not been properly audited since 1994.
Britain needs more people like Tim Martin. What a legend!