The National:

THE founder of pub-chain Wetherspoon has returned to television screens to once again inform viewers of the joys awaiting the UK in the wake of a no-deal Brexit.

Tim Martin – who seems to have access to information unavailable to the scores of experts warning of the consequences to food, medicine and British roads in the event of a no deal – used a Politics Live appearance to denounce those calling for more "certainty" in the Brexit process. 

The 63-year-old told journalist Jo Coburn: "Well I think as the saying goes, if you want certainty you’ve got death and taxes. So businesses surely are built to thrive from uncertainty, and most businesses which have done well have taken advantage of it.

"I do think it’s slightly pathetic to say 'give me certainty'."

Of course. Businesses wanting to be able to plan ahead during one of the most unpredictable political events in modern British history would be "pathetic". And not just completely sensible. 

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Coburn responded, suggesting Martin could only be so thrilled about the possibility of a no-deal Brexit as it could result in other businesses going "to the wall".

Martin failed to deny the claims but he did make some fairly fantastical suggestions of his own in his reply to the presenter.

"I’ve campaigned for no deal because it enables you, on March 29, to copy Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and adopt a free-trade approach. Now you save £39 billion, you regain control of fishing, and you reduce prices for British consumers."

Something tells us it might not all be quite as simple as that, Martin.

This wasn't the first time the Wetherspoon chairman has ruffled feathers with his opinions on no deal. The businessman has been vocally pro-Brexit since before the referendum, even donating £200,000 to the Leave campaign at one point.

Martin has since lobbied for a no-deal outcome and appeared on Question Time to promote the option, despite losing £18 million in his own share values in the days following the Brexit vote.

Seems as good a time as any to remember the phrase "turkeys voting for Christmas".

Martin's full appearance on Politics Live made waves online, with several Twitter users pointing out the flaws in his arguments.