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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.


Britain's first motorway services pub: Your views

The debut pint has just been served at Britain's first motorway services pub - but should it be allowed there in the first place? Here are some of your views:

Nick Chapman: "Guaranteed drinking and driving."

Andrew Hadfield: "Wetherspoons also do good cheap meals which is what you want at a sevice station. Will now go to Wetherspoons for a meal and a coke. It wouldn't make me drink and drive."

The Wetherspoons pub opened this morning Credit: PA

Matthew Agar Hutton: "Accident waiting to happen."

Claire Butler: "They'll be putting car parks in pubs next! Oh wait..."

Trudi Materna: "I think the M&S and Waitrose supermarkets at the service stations sell wine don't they? How's this any different/worse really?"

The first pint was served at the Hope and Champion this morning Credit: ITV News/Richard Pallot

Deb's Withers: "Why do you have to go in a pub to drink alcohol? Thay serve really nice coffee and lovely food which makes a change from over-priced soggy sandwiches."

Amanda Andrews: "Booze is freely available at service stations, if people wanted to get drunk they will."

Nikki Williams: "Ridiculous if you ask me. If someone driving on a motorway wanted a drink and had to hunt to find a pub they wouldn't bother. And someone who is already tired and has a drink is just an accident waiting to happen. How this was allowed I don't know."

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Debut pint bought at Britain's first motorway pub

The first pint has been bought at the Hope and Champion, a Wetherspoons pub located at the M40 services in Beaconsfield.

The first pint has been bought at the Hope and Champion, located at an M40 service station Credit: ITV News/Richard Pallot

The controversial pub is Britain's first at a motorway service station, and will be open from 4am to 1am seven days a week.

Wetherspoons motorway services pub opens today

A new Wetherspoons pub at the M40 services in Beaconsfield will open today, despite controversy over the availability of alcohol to drivers.

Britain's first motorway services pub, the Hope and Champion, opens today Credit: PA

The company has spent more than £1.1 million on the Hope and Champion, which is at the Extra Motorway Service Area at junction 2 of the M40. It is the first pub to be opened at a motorway service station.

The pub will be open from 4am to 1am seven days a week, selling real ale from local and regional brewers as well as hot drinks.

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