Wetherspoon replaces French champagne with English wine in run-up to Brexit

  • Wetherspoon replaces French champagne with English wine in run-up to Brexit

Wetherspoon replaces French champagne with English wine in run-up to Brexit

But in a potential boost to United Kingdom brewers and vineyards, all 880 pubs - affectionately known as Spoons - will sell British sparkling wines and wheat beers instead.

Champagne will also be replaced by Denbies Sparkling Whitedowns Brut and Whitedowns Rose Brut - both made in the UK.

Mr Martin added: 'It is the start of a review all products in the next six to 24 months, with the object of making our business more competitive.

Major British employers groups have urged the government to remain in a customs union with the EU after Brexit, warning of the risk of tariffs and border delays in their trade with the bloc if they are outside the common external tariff area.

"Tariffs are imposed on wine from Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and on more than 12,000 other products".

Mr Martin said Wetherspoon sells two million bottles of sparkling wine each year, most of which is prosecco.

"The products we are now introducing are at lower prices than the European Union products they are replacing", he said.

Wetherspoon's will honour contracts with several suppliers, some of which last for years. It costs a lot to produce, so many publications facing an uncertain future can no longer fund it.

"UK consumers have clearly voted it [champagne] its sparkling wine of choice, making the United Kingdom the leading export market for champagne", Mr Peretti said.

The pubs will also serve wheat beers from the UK - Blue Moon Belgian White, Thornbridge Versa Weisse Beer and SA Brains Atlantic White.

Wetherspoon's will continue to serve Kopparberg cider from Sweden.

As well as including more United Kingdom beers in traditional styles and categories, Tim Martin's pub group with also replace German brand Erdinger's alcohol-free beer with a no ABV version made by Suffolk-based brewer Adnams.

Swedish cider Kopparberg makes it past the cull, due to the company's decision to make its cider in United Kingdom after Brexit.

Alcohol-free Adnams Ghost Ship will replace Erdinger alcohol-free beer from Germany.

"In the event of Brexit when things are changing, it's a very good opportunity to look around the world and see what we can get that enhance customers' enjoyment of our pubs". He said each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies would receive around £60million.