Published On: Fri, Sep 13th, 2019

Brexit news: Wetherspoons boss lashes out at ‘elite Remainers’ and ‘pro-EU Oxbridge MPs’ | Politics | News


In the year to July 28, revenues increased 7.4 percent to £1.8billion but pre-tax profits fell 4.5 percent to £102.5million. Tim Martin, whose broadsides against Remainers have become a regular event when releasing his company’s financial results, was one of the Leave campaigns most vocal supporters. The founder of the popular pub chain launched yet another stinging attack, criticising “a technocratic elite” for “frustrating” the Brexit process.

He wrote in the financial results statement: “Elite Remainers are ignoring the ‘big picture’, regarding lower input costs and more democracy, and are mistakenly concentrating on assumed short-term problems, such as potential delays at Channel ports — which are easier to extrapolate on their computer models.”

Mr Martin also lashed out at rebel Remainers who voted against the Government for a bill tabled from Labour veteran Hilary Benn aiming to block a no deal Brexit.

The bill quickly passed through the House of Commons and House of Lords, before it was given Royal Ascent by the Queen and made law.

If the withdrawal agreement has not been agreed by Parliament before October 17, Boris Johnson will be forced to return to Brussels and ask the European Union for another delay to Brexit until at least January 31, 2020.

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Brexit news: Tim Martin launched a savage attack against ‘elite Remainers’ (Image: GETTY)

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Brexit news: The Wetherspoons boss accused Remainers of ‘frustrating the referendum result’ (Image: GETTY)

But the Prime Minister has continued to insist Britain will leave the bloc on October 31 – deal or no deal – and raged he would “rather die in a ditch” than ask for an extension.

Mr Martin attacked these rebel Remainers defying the Government, accusing them of “frustrating the referendum result”.

He wrote: “John Bercow, Emily Thornberry, Dominic Grieve, Keir Starmer, Jo Johnson, Philip Hammond, David Gauke, David Lidington, Hilary Benn, Rory Stewart and many other pro-EU Oxbridge MPs have played a leading role in frustrating the referendum result, by enmeshing parliament in a legal and administrative spider’s web.”

The Wetherspoons boss also criticised a ruling in the Scottish High Court earlier this week which said Mr Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament for five weeks ahead of the Brexit deadline as unlawful.

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Brexit news: John Bercow was one of many people criticised by Tim Martin (Image: PA)

He claimed democratic power has been diluted in the UK over the last three decades and “voters resent this loss of power — and distrust of politicians and the ‘elite’ is the result”.

On Wednesday, the Government released their Yellowhammer documents, which highlighted how highly disruptive a no deal Brexit could be.

The Bank of England has also warned leaving the EU without an agreement in place could lead to the country’s GDP slumping by as much as 5.5 percent.

But Mr Martin claimed not having to pay EU tariffs on products such as Australian wine, rice, oranges, bananas and car parts would in fact boost the UK’s economy.

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Brexit news: Tim Martin argued no having to pay EU tariffs on certain products could boost the UK economy (Image: GETTY)

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Brexit news: Last week, Wetherspoons announced the price of a pint of beer would be cut by an average of 20p (Image: GETTY)

He wrote: “Above all, no deal increases UK democracy — the most powerful economic stimulant.

“It is an absurdity to argue that a reduction in UK input costs, combined with increased democracy, will have a harmful effect on the economy — just as it would be absurd for a business to adopt this argument if its own costs were reduced.”

Last week, Wetherspoons announced the price of a pint of beer would be cut by an average of 20p as part of attempts to show consumers how leaving the customs union can cut costs.

Mr Martin argued leaving the customs union on October 31 would allow the Government to end “protectionist tariffs”, which he maintained would reduce prices in pubs and supermarkets.

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Brexit news: EU referendum results from 2016 (Image: EXPRESS)

He said: “At the current time customers and businesses pay tariffs on thousands of products which are imported from outside the EU.

“These tariffs are collected by the UK Government and sent to Brussels.

“Provided we leave the customs union on October 31, the Government can end these protectionist tariffs, which will reduce prices in supermarkets and pubs.

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Brexit news: Boris Johnson has insisted he will not ask the EU for another extension (Image: GETTY)

“In order to illustrate this point, Wetherspoon has decided to reduce the price of Ruddles bitter, brewed by Greene King.

“A lot of politicians have misled the public by suggesting leaving the customs union would be a ‘cliff edge’ or ‘disaster’.

“This is the reverse of the truth. Ending tariffs will reduce prices.”



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