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 goods.

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 global markets
  • 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.