Karen Betts

SWA statement on Withdrawal Agreement

15 Nov 2018

Commenting on the publication of a Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union, Scotch Whisky Association Chief Executive Karen Betts said:

"Our industry has consistently called for clarity over what that UK's new relationship with the EU will look like in practice, particularly on the continued protection of geographical indications, customs procedures and future trade policy.

"The provisions set out in the Withdrawal Agreement provide us with a credible foundation on which to build in the next phase of the negotiations, during which a number of critical issues remain to be resolved.

"A no-deal Brexit would cause the Scotch Whisky industry considerable difficulties and would force cost and complexity into production, distribution and exporting. The Withdrawal Agreement is a compromise, but it is a positive step towards much needed business certainty."