The mats bear the headline ‘Free Trade (ie no deal) means lower prices’, and Martin said they will also point at that “the vast majority of the public strongly objects to the crazy government plan to pay £39bn to Brussels”, and said his pub group is calling on the government not to pay the so-called ‘divorce bill’.
Martin said: “That’s £600 for every man, woman and child in the UK or £60m per MP to spend on their constituents. The message on the beer mat also makes it clear, that from our viewpoint, the government should also choose free trade, on leaving the EU on 29 March 2019, by ending the taxes or ‘tariffs’ which the EU imposes on more than 12,000 non-EU imports.
“Under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, EU imports would also be tariff-free in this case. Ending tariffs means lower prices in shops and pubs.”
The beer mat also states: “If the unelected President Juncker and his apparatchiks continue to be obstructive, remember that all EU products can be replaced by similar alternatives from the UK – or from the 93% of the world not in the EU.”
It adds that countries like Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada and Switzerland have slashed tariffs which have seen their citizens “better off” and their economies thriving.
Martin added: “Most economists, businesses and writers mistakenly believe that ‘no deal’ automatically results in the mutual imposition of tariffs by the UK and the EU under WTO rules. That is not true. The rules also allow the UK to abolish current EU import tariffs, effectively adopting ‘free trade’ as a member of very successful countries have already done.
“The combination of no tariffs, resumption of control of fishing waters and the avoidance of a payment of £39bn to the EU is far better than any deal that is likely – and this approach does not need the agreement of the EU or any other party.”