SWA Article 50/Brexit statement
29 Mar 2017
Julie Hesketh-Laird, Scotch Whisky Association acting chief
executive, said: "Now that Article 50 has been triggered, the UK
Government can start the complex negotiations on exiting the EU.
During these discussions on such a major change, the success of the
Scotch Whisky industry should not be taken for granted. As a major
manufacturer and exporter, the continued growth of Scotch will be a
litmus test of the success of the UK's departure from the EU.
"Some aspects of doing business won't change for Scotch
post-Brexit. Under World Trade Organisation rules, Scotch will
continue to benefit from a zero tariff on exports to the EU. In
many other markets Scotch will also continue to see existing zero
tariffs, for example in the US, Canada, and Mexico, as these are
offered to all countries already. There are, however, many areas
where Brexit could have an important impact on Scotch Whisky trade
and we're working with government to address those potential
"We want the UK Government to pursue as open a trade policy as
possible; secure continued robust protection of Scotch; transpose
relevant EU single market legislation into UK law; retain the
preferential market access that Scotch Whisky receives under
existing EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), such as the EU/Korea
deal; find opportunities where a distinct UK approach could benefit
domestic industry and ensure a domestic tax and regulatory agenda
that delivers a platform for international growth."
A full SWA briefing on Scotch Whisky & Brexit can be
found and downloaded below.