Brexit: Pizzeria offers discount to customers who write to their MP demanding second referendum

'I buy a lot of cheese from Italy that can't stay in a lorry park in Calais'

Wednesday 23 January 2019 22:04
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Oliver Kenny, the owner of Apollo Pizzeria, poses at his restaurant in London
Oliver Kenny, the owner of Apollo Pizzeria, poses at his restaurant in London

The owner of a London pizzeria is offering 25 per cent off food for customers who can prove they have written to their MPs to ask for a second Brexit referendum.

Oliver Kenny said uncertainty over the UK’s exit from the EU had thrown his business’s supply chains into limbo.

And five workers at Apollo Pizzeria in Stoke Newington, north London, are from mainland Europe, adding to his concerns, he said. ”If I’m going to have visa [or] paperwork [problems] I would like to know about that as quickly as possible.”

Mr Kenny added: “I’m not anti-Brexit, but I do want Brexit to go away.

“I buy a lot of fresh cheese from Italy that can’t stay in a lorry park in Calais. I’d like to know my supply chain [and] ... I’m unable to plan that at the moment.”

His tinned tomatoes and flour is also shipped from Italy, he said – specifically, Naples, where modern pizza is thought to have originated.

Customer David Quinn said the discount deal “gets people interested”.

He added: “A lot of people seem to think that a no-deal Brexit means everything remains the same. Of course it doesn’t, it’s an absolute disaster.”

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It comes after The Independent launched a campaign for a Final Say referendum on the outcome of Brexit.

Last year a petition with more than 1 million signatures was presented to Downing Street along with a separate list including more than 337,000 signatures collected by the People’s Vote initiative.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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