The Great Repeal Bill white paper - SWA comment
30 Mar 2017
Julie Hesketh-Laird, Scotch Whisky Association acting chief
executive, said: "We welcome the publication of the Great Repeal
Bill white paper. We agree with the UK Government that as powers
are repatriated from the EU, it is essential to ensure that
stability and certainty is not compromised.
"It is important for whisky producers that all relevant EU laws
covering issues like spirit drink definitions and labelling rules
continue to have legal effect. This also applies to UK laws that
are connected to the European Communities Act. We look forward to
working closely with the UK Government throughout this process to
ensure that any amendments deemed necessary to make EU laws
operable in the UK are practical and appropriate.
"Looking ahead, the continuing growth of Scotch should be seen
as a litmus test of the success of the UK's exit from the EU. A
successful transition out of the EU will create opportunities and
help overcome the challenges of such a seismic change."