Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has weighed into the Brexit debate by issuing 200,000 beer mats calling for the UK to leave the EU.
The beer mats will be available in the company’s 920 UK pubs before the 23 June referendum, and they’re calling into question International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde – specifically authorising a €400 million payment to Bernard Tapie, a supporter of her party.
Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin said: “The governance issues within the IMF, are, in my opinion, very serious for UK citizens.
— Report UK (@ReportUK) May 31, 2016
“The government has paraded a number of financial institutions in front of the public, who have, in my view, grossly distorted our financial prospects in the event of a Brexit.
“Corporate governance at the IMF is clearly out of control and Christine Lagarde would have been obliged to resign at any normal plc or institution until the matters in question were resolved.
“The UK public have been asked to rely on her comments by both George Osborne and David Cameron in the forthcoming referendum and she must now answer the questions on the beer mats and others that the public may have.”
Naturally, social media has a lot to say on this particular turn of events for ‘Spoons. Here is a collection of the funniest and most pertinent Twitter reactions…
— Andrea Mann (@AndreaMann) May 31, 2016
JD Wetherspoon actually employs a large percentage of EU workers… must make for a great working environment knowing your boss hates you.
— Danny Allen (@DannyAllenUK) May 31, 2016
"How was the EU referendum decided dad?"
"Well, you see son, JD Wetherspoon created these beer mats…"
— Eddie Watson (@Eddie_90) May 31, 2016
JD Wetherspoon tonight. Can't wait for a pint of IPA, steak night and an anti-EU critique of the IMF. The usual.
— Ioan Marc Jones (@ioanmarcjones) May 31, 2016
Don't care what JD Wetherspoon puts on beer mats. I still haven't forgiven her for Legally Blonde 2.
— Harry Cocque (@HarryCocque) May 31, 2016