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Wetherspoon boss to visit Black Country to push for 'no deal' Brexit

By Pete Madeley | Wolverhampton | Politics | Published: | Last Updated:

The boss of one of the UK's biggest pub chains is coming to the Black Country to promote the 'huge advantages' of a no deal Brexit.

Tim Martin

J D Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin will visit The Moon Under Water in Wolverhampton on December 10 – one day before MPs are due to vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal.

Arch Brexiteer Mr Martin wants the UK to leave the EU without a deal, instead adopting the 'free trade approach' of countries including New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Israel.

He warns the advantages of Brexit will be lost if MPs sign off on Theresa May's deal, which he says keeps the UK tied in to the 'protectionist EU customs union'.

Mr Martin branded the Prime Minister's deal 'appalling' and said it was 'certain' Britain will be financially far better off by choosing 'no deal'.

“In reality, Theresa May’s deal is a mechanism for remaining trapped in an undemocratic and financially inefficient system,” he said.

A Government spokesman said: “No deal is certainly not the best outcome for our economy, and our analysis shows that every sector, nation and region would be better off in our deal than in a no deal scenario.

“Our deal is the best deal available for jobs and our economy that allows us to honour the referendum and realise the opportunities of Brexit.”

Mr Martin plans to be in the pub from 4.30pm for around an hour.

Pete Madeley

By Pete Madeley
@P_Madeley_Star

Political Editor for the Express & Star. Responsible for local and national political stories, opinion, comment and analysis.

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