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The nation’s landlord

How Brexiteer Tim Martin turned Wetherspoon into a national institution—that even Remainers love

By Dan Hancox   Winter Special

Tim Martin is an arch Brexiteer—but his Wetherspoon pub chain is adored across the political spectrum. Photo: Paul Black

At 5pm on a dark Wednesday evening in November, the after-work rush at the Shakespeare’s Head in central London, one of JD Wetherspoon’s 875 pubs across the country, is quickly turning from a trickle into a flood. There are American students having pints of Coca-Cola and nachos, two large booths of stolid older men in dark suits nursing their ales, a Polish metaller with a mullet and a cocktail, three…

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