Wetherspoon launches its own Brexit manifesto – on a beer mat of course The pub chain is owned by prominent Brexiter Tim Martin who campaigned for Leave during the referendum. Wetherspoons has issued half a million beer mats with its “manifesto” for a successful Brexit. The pub chain’s demands include immediately granting full rights of citizenship to EU immigrants. The brightly coloured mats say food prices in pubs and shops will be cut if the Government eliminates import taxes on food from outside the EU. Wetherspoons chairman Tim Martin, who is a prominent supporter of the Leave campaign, said food and drink would be cheaper without a Brexit deal. This is in conflict with other prominent business people including the Sainsbury’s chairman David Tyler who said the UK could face an average tariff of 22% on food imports from Europe under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. Mr Martin said: “There has been a co-ordinated campaign to dupe the public. Parliament has the power to reduce food prices at a stroke in March 2019. “The EU imposes huge taxes on food imports from the rest of the world. World Trade Organisation rules, contrary to the urban myth, allow the UK to follow free trade champions like New Zealand, Australia and Singapore, which have drastically reduced or eliminated these taxes. The beer mats will be distributed throughout Wetherspoons pubs The beer mats contain details of Wetherspoons Brexit ‘manifesto’ “Wetherspoon calculates that it will save an average of 3.5p per meal and 0.5p per drink if we leave the EU and abolish food import taxes in March 2019. Similar savings are likely to be made on meals consumed inside or outside the home in the UK.