The boss of Wetherspoons has promised to slash beer prices to an ‘unbelievable low’ should Britain leave the EU by October 31.
Tim Martin, 64, founder of the low-cost pub chain, has said he can ‘guarantee’ a drop in prices following Brexit as he will be able to get ‘supplies cheaper’ after the country is released from EU tariffs.
But he’s warned that prices will only be lowered if we ‘leave properly’ and there’s no ‘funny stuff’ from Boris Johnson – who has made a ‘do or die’ pledge to take Britain out of the EU later this year.
It comes as the prime minster last night promised he would enter talks with EU leaders ‘with a lot of oomph’ as differences between the UK and EU’s position over the Withdrawal Agreement remain.
And today tweeted: ‘We’re going to leave the EU on October 31st and make this country the best in the world to live in.’
Mr Martin told The Sun: ‘If we leave the customs union on October 31 Wetherspoon will bring the price of beer to down to an unbelievable low.
‘That’s a guarantee – but we have to leave properly, Boris Johnson. No messing around with customs union or any of that funny stuff.’
Mr Johnson has promised he will deliver on his commitment to leave the European Union on October 31 – despite the recent controversy caused by a confidential Whitehall dossier which detailed the problems posed by a No Deal scenario.
The explosive revelations marked ‘official-sensitive’ warned that Britain will be hit with a three-month ‘meltdown’ at its ports, a hard Irish border and shortages of food and medicine if the UK leaves without an agreement.
Tim Martin (pictured with Boris Johnson in July), 64, founder of the low-cost pub chain, has said he can ‘guarantee’ a drop in prices following Brexit as he will be able to get ‘supplies cheaper’ after the country is released from EU tariffs
The Brexiteer (pictured in October last year at a rally in Torquay) has long espoused the benefits of a leaving the EU, last year setting out a four-point plan to make Brexit happen – urging former Prime Minister Theresa May to leave the single market and customs union
But Mr Martin is keen for the UK to leave the EU this year – even without a deal, saying his business will be able to benefit from better tariffs and deals.
He said: ‘We can get our supplies cheaper, everything we buy from outside the EU can be tariff free or mostly tariff free – which will also make our customers better off.’
The Brexiteer has long espoused the benefits of a leaving the EU, last year setting out a four-point plan to make Brexit happen – urging former Prime Minister Theresa May to leave the single market and customs union.
He also called for an abolition of import taxes on non-EU products, which he claims would ‘immediately reduce prices in pubs and shops across the country’.
Mr Martin fears protracted Brexit negotiations should Brexit not go ahead by the Halloween deadline, and is all for Mr Johnson’s ‘do or die’ approach to leaving the EU.
But he would not comment on who he would vote for in a general election. Other aspirations he has for his chain following Brexit include the possibility of setting up a branches in China.
His promise comes as Number 10 ramps up preparations for a No Deal Brexit, amid concerns from Brussels that the UK will leave without agreement.
Mr Martin (pictured with Mr Johnson in July) warned that prices will only be lowered if we ‘leave properly’ and there’s no ‘funny stuff’ from Boris Johnson – who has made a ‘do or die’ pledge to take Britain out of the EU later this year
Among the issues remaining is the Irish border, with leading allies of Angela Merkel today warning Boris Johnson that deleting the backstop from the Brexit deal is ‘completely impossible’.
Mr Johnson will travel to Germany today to deliver his hardline negotiating stance in person and is expected to make clear that he is serious about the UK leaving the EU with or without a deal on October 31.
But the meeting risked being soured before it even began after Mr Johnson demanded in an uncompromising letter to the EU that the backstop be scrapped.
The letter, sent to European Council president Donald Tusk, sparked a furious reaction from Brussels yesterday as the bloc doubled down on its insistence that the existing divorce deal cannot be changed.
He attempted to set the tone for the meeting by tweeting a patriotic video this morning of his first speech on the steps of Downing Street cut with footage of the Red Arrows, the Union flag and the White Cliffs of Dover along with a hardline message that he will not agree to another Brexit delay.
He tweeted: ‘We’re going to leave the EU on October 31st and make this country the best in the world to live in.’
Concerns over a no deal Brexit have been detailed in a secret dossier filed by the Cabinet Office, called Operation Yellowhammer, and seen by The Times.
The leaked document suggested massive tailbacks at ports could limit fuel distribution and disrupt the supply across the southeast of England, including London.
It also warned fresh food supply will plummet, leading to increased prices and less variety, while fishing vessels could clash, as nearly 300 foreign ships are anticipated to cast their nets illegally in British waters on the first day of Brexit.