Posted by: westlancashirerecord | December 14, 2018

Free Trade Means Getting Rid Of Tariffs

Pub operator JD Wetherspoon launched a poster campaign in its pubs calling on the Prime Minister to get rid of tariffs post-Brexit. The poster is headlined “What don’t you like about free trade, Mrs May?”  and states that free trade means getting rid of tariffs.

It is being displayed in 880 Wetherspoon pubs across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin said “There will be a huge gain for business and consumers if the UK copies the free trade approach of countries like Singapore, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Israel, by slashing protectionist EU import taxes (‘tariffs’) on leaving the EU in March next year.

“It is not often that the government can enrich the electorate without losing tax income, however, this is a rare example. These invisible tariffs are charged on over 12,000 non-EU products, including rice, oranges, coffee, wine and children’s clothes. The proceeds are collected by the UK taxman and sent to Brussels.

“Ending tariffs will reduce shop and pub prices, improve living standards and will help non-EU suppliers, currently discouraged by tariffs, quotas and the extensive paraphernalia of EU protectionism. If parliament votes to end tariffs and rejects the ‘Chequers Deal’, consumers and business will benefit additionally by avoiding a cost of £39 billion, or £60 million per UK constituency, in respect of the EU ‘divorce payment’ for which there is no legal obligation.

“Parliament can also regain control of UK fishing waters, where 60 per cent of the catch is currently taken by EU boats. Unfortunately, some individuals, businesses and business organisations have mistakenly, or misleadingly, repeated the myth that food prices will rise without a ‘deal’ with the EU. In fact, the only way prices can rise post Brexit is if parliament votes to impose tariffs. The EU will have no say in the matter, provided that the government does not sign away the UK’s rights in a ‘deal’ in the meantime”.


  1. Outside the EU we could also abolish VAT on fuel and other perverse measures. Of course, there would need to be compensatory changes elsewhere but it would be good to see politicians, not simply Tim Martin putting forward an alternative budget.

    • Party politicians will swear day is night in pursuit of power. But business people see the whole scene, make the decisions, operate the systems, and make the profits to pay the tax we all need. I read a further Tim Martin paper that needs to be seen. It’s a pity he isn’t with May as she fails to represent the UK as a true Brexiter should.

  2. I personally think she wants to remain in the EU although she says brexit means Brexit. That’s a fact but just over a week ago for the first time she said or no brexit. The deal she has negotiated no one wants and no one wants no deal brexit so what does that leave, another referendum which she is against, but she has changed her mind about other things. After all she campaigned to remain so brexit means remain.

    • You must remember the reaction the day after the referendum result was declared. The entire “establishment” including the EU was in disbelief. How could the UK want to leave? And that’s when the same establishment started the campaign against Brexit. The UK establishment worked out their policies to stop Brexit no matter how long it took. I’ve watched this once great nation on its knees before the EU unelected officials who have insulted us time and time again. If this “remain” is allowed, how could anyone believe we live in a democracy? But, always remember, failed UK politicians, Major, Blair, Brown, and their ilk, have attachments to the EU and they trumpet their support for it. But they had one vote, just like me and you. isn’t THAT what democracy is?

  3. Watch this space

    • As you say, watch this space, because soon enough the will of the majority will be ground down.

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