EU Referendum response

24 Jun 2016

David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: "Voters have spoken and decided that the UK should leave the European Union.  All must now get behind the government as it faces the challenges, and the opportunities, this decision brings.

 

"The process of leaving the EU will inevitably generate significant uncertainty.  Of course, we are confident Scotch Whisky will remain the pre-eminent international spirit drink.  But equally, there are serious issues to resolve in areas of major importance to our industry and which require urgent attention, notably the nature of future trade arrangements with both the single market and the wider world.

 

"The government will now need to consult as it prepares its negotiating approach.  We look forward to working closely with them on that.  We urge thoughtful and serious consideration by all parties so that we can secure the best possible continued access to the EU and other export markets on which Scotch Whisky's success has been built, whilst minimising costs and complexity."