Christmas Crisis to be avoided by stockpiling French Champagne in the UK
Producers of French Champagne have said that they will be stockpiling a large quantity of champagne in the UK ahead of Brexit, in case of a no-deal on 31st October.
Ahead of the United States, Britain is the recipient of the most champagne in the world with an imported volume of champagne equal to about 26.8 million bottles in the previous year, 2018.
The number of bottles that have been exported to the UK ahead of Brexit, but a spokesman from Champagne maker's trade body CIVI Thibaut Le Maillous said: "Growers and houses have overstocked in Great Britain to fill a possible border closure if it were to occur."
Wine critic Antoine Gerbelle claims that "There won't be a champagne crisis at Christmas" and that there is enough champagne stockpiled to meet the demand for the next year.
Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger said "Champagne is a very traditional product, a very traditional drink, which the British adore. The English have loved it for 300 years and, Brexit or no Brexit, they will continue to like it."
Cheaper sparkling wines such as Prosecco from Italy, or Cava from Spain have caused a fall in champagne exports for the past 10 years.
At Wetherspoons, the founder Tim Martin who campaigned for Brexit has said that he will be cutting the number of EU-sourced drinks and replacing them with British ones due to Brexit. French Champagne and German beers will be substituted for alternatives from the UK.