New Tory MP calls for breweries to make 'celebratory' Brexit beer

·Senior news reporter, Yahoo News UK

A new Tory MP today used her first Commons speech to call for breweries in her constituency to make a special edition Brexit beer.

Kate Griffiths, addressing Brexit secretary Steve Barclay, asked if he agreed “that to mark us leaving the European Union, our fantastic local breweries in Burton-on-Trent should brew a celebratory Brexit beer”.

The question prompted cheers on the Conservative benches, with Mr Barclay saying she struck “an extremely positive note in one of her first contributions”.

Burton is famed for its beer industry. Yahoo News UK approached some of its independent breweries asking if they have plans to make a “Brexit beer”.

But one, Tower Brewery, had bad news for Ms Griffiths: “Brewing diary full so no space I'm afraid.”

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It wouldn’t be the first time a brewery has produced Brexit-themed beer.

The Posh Boys brewery in the Rayleigh and Wickford constituency of anti-EU hardliner Mark Francois named a beer after him called “Special Place in Hell”, mocking ex-European Council president Donald Tusk’s inflammatory tirade against Brexiteers in February last year.

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Ms Griffiths won the Burton constituency with a 14,496 majority in last month’s general election.

She took over the role from her estranged husband Andrew Griffiths, who stood down after he was found to have sent thousands of sexual messages to two women in the constituency.

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