Wetherspoon owner Tim Martin speaks to Grimsby punters about his vision for Brexit

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Dec 2018

The founder of popular pub chain Wetherspoons has spoken with punters at his Grimsby premises about his vision for a No Deal Brexit and how that would bring "lower prices" and a better economy, in his opinion.

The big Wetherspoon Brexit tour came to the Yarbrough Hotel, Bethlehem Street, Grimsby, where the pub-chain's founder Tim Martin was speaking to and debating with punters in attendance about why he feels the UK needs to leave the EU with no deal.

Many of those in attendance were thrilled to meet with Tim, as they feel that he is "right on the money" with his views on how the UK should leave the European Union, saying that "we voted to leave so we need to leave".

In fact around 90 per cent of those in attendance were firm believers in a no deal Brexit, although there were some who were not.

Tim Martin speaks about a No Deal Brexit.

One man in attendance called Jim, quizzed the pub-chain founder on whether or not he feels that there should be a people's vote on the deal "now that all the facts have come to light", believing that people did not make an informed decision during the referendum.

But Mr Martin felt that this was not needed in his opinion because "every election in the world has an element of misrepresentation."

He told attendees that under a no deal Brexit, the UK would get back more control over trade, allowing it to trade with the EU and other nations without tariffs being imposed by the EU, which the British taxpayer pays for, but is then not allowed to use the money that is accumulated.

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He said that there would be more than 12,000 products currently on the market that would be cheaper.

He also claimed that a no deal Brexit would allow the UK to take back control of its fishing rights.

Speaking to Grimsby Live Tim Martin said: "My main point really is that we can do well without a deal.

"There is a fixation that we have to have a deal and that is the main misconception for the country. If you feel that you have to have a deal then you will do anything to get one, which is what we are in danger of now.


Tim Martin, founder of pub chain Wetherspoons, spoke with Grimsby punters about his vision for a no deal Brexit (Image: Grimsby Live)

"The EU can access products from anywhere, but imposes taxes on products from outside it like oranges, rice and children clothes.

"This money is collected by the UK tax man and sent to Brussels, but when you leave the EU you can eliminate those and they will be taxes that the government will be in charge of and it will reduce prices in the shops."

When asked whether or not a no deal Brexit would reduce the price of beer in his chains, Tim said that they have "already started doing that" using products from America and Australia that are cheaper than their EU counterparts.

He was also asked whether or not a no deal Brexit would see him open another Wetherspoons in Grimsby, to which he replied: "I think in general if you eliminate tariffs and avoid handing £39 billion to Brussels it implies more money will be spent in Grimsby.

"If we divided that amongst MPs and invested in this country there would be £60 million per MP to invest here, which wouldn't go over seas."

Tim was also asked about the UK reclaiming its fishing rights after a no deal Brexit he said: "I think everyone now looking at the legislation is agreed that if we leave without a deal we can reclaim immediately our fishing rights that are shared with the EU."

When asked if that could start another version of the Cod War he replied: "You can't stop people protesting, but they have no chance of winning, because international law defines our territorial waters, you can go fishing in someone else's waters and get away with it."



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