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JD Wetherspoon Pro-Brexit Beer Mats Spark Controversy As EU Referendum Debate Intensifies

Who doesn't enjoy some IMF governance with their pint of Stella?

31/05/2016 13:20

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has sparked controversy among pub-goers after revealing it was set to supply its branches with anti-EU beer mats. 

The pub chain, founded by the fiercely eurosceptic Tim Martin, has encouraged voters to back 'Brexit' by offering them mats with a hard-hitting message to rest their pints on. 

The mats take aim at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and ask why UK voters should trust the views of its managing director, Christine Lagarde, who has voiced her support for the 'Remain' group.

One of the mats sniped at Christine Lagarde
Another mat took aim at the IMF's previous statements on the Eurozone and Greek economy

But the text-heavy mats certainly stoked a mixed reaction from pub-goers, some of whom mocked the materials soon to be gracing Wetherspoons more than 920 pubs across the UK.

It was touted by being for "those who like IMF governance with their Doombar" by the Financial Times' Paul McClean.

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Others took offence to Wetherspoons introducing the mats, as the pub chain's founder makes a last-ditch plea to voters to back 'Brexit'.

One commenter said they trusted Stephen Hawking, the physicist who today called for Britons to vote to remain in the EU, over Tim Martin.

While others said the mats' critics were "whining Lefties" and praised the chain for rolling out.

But Tuesday was not the first time Wetherspoons waded into the EU debate. Earlier in May, the company updated the front page of its website to include an information tab on the EU debate along with details on its food, drink and hotel offers. 

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