Scotch Whisky and Brexit
10 Feb 2017
An industry of strategic importance to Scotland and the UK,
Scotch Whisky is our global drink; a major manufacturing sector
supporting 40,000 jobs, adding £5bn in value across the economy,
and the single biggest net contributor to the balance of trade in
With annual exports of around £4bn to nearly 200 countries, the
continuing growth of Scotch Whisky will be a litmus test of the
success of the UK's exit from the European Union. Whilst Brexit
creates challenges, there are also potential opportunities if the
industry's priorities are delivered.
Summary of key Scotch Whisky industry objectives:
- As open a trade policy as possible, securing existing EU trade
deal benefits and then developing an ambitious agenda of new and
refreshed Free Trade Agreements
- Robust legal protection of Scotch Whisky in the UK, EU, and
- Business certainty and consistency, by transposing EU single
market legislation of relevance to Scotch Whisky into UK law
- Scoping out opportunities where a distinct UK approach could
benefit domestic industry
- A domestic tax and regulatory agenda that delivers a platform
for international growth.
Our full Brexit briefing for the Scotch Whisky industry is
available to view or download below.