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."