SWA Budget Submission 2017

02 Feb 2017

Stand up for Scotch: Our Global Drink

As the largest net contributor to the UK's balance of trade in goods, the Scotch Whisky industry is strategically important to the UK economy.

Following the decision to leave the European Union, and as the UK looks to forge a new relationship with the world, Scotch Whisky can truly claim to be our global drink, exporting to nearly 200 countries in every continent. Scotch Whisky has the potential to be a flag-bearer for successful British trade around the world.

That is why, during a period of considerable uncertainty, Scotch Whisky requires a strategic, long-term commitment - both at home and overseas - from government to ensure it is able to maintain and grow its contribution to the UK economy. This will require a supportive domestic tax and regulatory environment, as well as continued partnership to grow exports.

The Scotch Whisky Association is therefore calling on the UK government to reduce spirits duty by 2% in the first Budget of 2017, and to consider further moves towards excise duty fairness at future fiscal events.

The full Budget Submission is available to download below.