Brexit Party newspaper photographed on Morrisons stand sparks backlash

The first edition of the Brexiteer newspaper. Photograph: Twitter.

The first edition of the Brexiteer newspaper. Photograph: Twitter. - Credit: Archant

Leave campaigners have been blamed for dumping copies of a pro-Brexit newspaper in a branch of Morrisons after Remainers who spotted the paper threatened a boycott of the chain.

Several copies of the Brexit Party's freesheet The Brexiteer appeared on a stand in Morrisons in Wrexham, which were photographed by a social media user. Twitter users criticised the store, saying it was inappropriate for a store distributing the newspaper, and threatened a boycott with the hashtag #BoycottMorrisons. But a spokesperson for Morrisons has said that it does not distribute political material.

Twitter user Alicia Owen posted a picture of a distribution unit at the Wrexham branch stocked with the copies. "Disappointed at Morrisons, why are you promoting this sh*trag at your Wrexham store?" she said.

It's been retweeted over 900 times, sparking the hashtag #BoycottMorrisons and gaining over 2,000 likes.

A Twitter user with the handle @spaceangel1964 said: "An unbelievably stupid decision by Morrisons to stock the Brexit Company rag. You can kiss goodbye to my weekly custom in Oswestry - I reckon that's around £4k [per annum]." Over 2,500 people appear to have followed suit.

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Author Carol Hedges tweeted to her 19,000 followers: "I will be boycotting my local Morrisons until the paper is no longer available there."

However, a spokesperson for Morrisons told The New European: "We can be very clear that we do not stock or distribute this Brexiteer newspaper or any other party political publication. We've seen the social media comment and given that we don't distribute this newspaper we can only assume that it's been put there by campaigners."

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A member of Morrisons' social media team also replied to Owen, asking for further details, and has followed up saying: "It's not our policy to distribute party political material, we have investigated with our Wrexham store and they are not aware of this material being available at their store and the stand is used for local newspapers."

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The stand the Brexit Party newspaper appeared in is not run directly by Morrisons but by Self Select, a company that distributes free papers for a fee. Self Select has confirmed it does not currently work with The Brexiteer.

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