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Pub chain Wetherspoon prints 200,000 Brexit beer mats

Visitors to Wetherspoon pubs across the country could soon be drinking their pints off Brexit beer mats.

The pub company has printed 200,000 beer mats covered in arguments for the UK to leave the European Union.

The beer mat printed by JD Weatherspoon. Credit: JD Wetherspoon/PA Wire

The message under your bottle draws attention to governance issues with senior staff at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and asks why UK voters should trust the views of its managing director, Christine Lagarde, who has voiced her support for the Remain group.

The mats have messages on both sides and are signed by JD Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin, a vocal supporter of Brexit.


Refugees and migrants entering Europe in 2015 set to hit 1m

Refugees and migrants try to leave a boat as they arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos in November 2015. Credit: Reuters

The number of migrants and refugees entering Europe is expected to pass one million by 22 December, the International Organisation for Migration has said.

The organisation estimates that so far in 2015, 991,000 migrants and refugees have crossed European borders, seeking a better life or fleeing from conflict.

The flow of people into Greece "remains robust and dangerous" at around 4,300 daily, the group also said.

Since 16 October, there have been 422 deaths at sea, an average of seven a day, according to the group.

PM meets EU chief to discuss UK membership reforms

David Cameron is holding talks with the European Commission President to discuss reforms he is seeking for Britain's membership of the EU ahead of the in/ out referendum.

David Cameron with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

On Wednesday, President Jean-Claude Juncker said that they had so far not made "huge progress", telling MEPs that "it takes two to tango" and "our British friends have to dance".

Greece to consider reopening Athens stock exchange

The stock exchange price rice at the Hellenic Exchange in Athens in January Credit: Michael Kappeler / DPA

The Greek government will decide next week when the Athens stock exchange will reopen, after a four-week break required when capital controls were imposed last month, an official said on Thursday.

Athex has been closed since 29 June, when Greece shut its banks and imposed capital controls to ward of a collapse of its banking system after the country rejected a cash-for-reforms deal in its referendum.

The banks reopened on Monday after the country reluctantly struck a deal to receive emergency ECB funding and a bridge loan from the EU.

The official also confirmed that talks with Greece's international creditors on a third bailout would start in Athens on Friday and that the government wants the talks to be concluded by late August.

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