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29 March 2017

SWA Article 50/Brexit statement

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Julie Hesketh-Laird, Scotch Whisky Association acting chief executive, said: "Now that Article 50 has been triggered, the UK Government can start the complex negotiations on exiting the EU. During these discussions on such a major change, the success of the Scotch Whisky industry should not be taken for granted. As a major manufacturer and exporter, the continued growth of Scotch will be a litmus test of the success of the UK's departure from the EU.

"Some aspects of doing business won't change for Scotch post-Brexit. Under World Trade Organisation rules, Scotch will continue to benefit from a zero tariff on exports to the EU. In many other markets, Scotch will also continue to see existing zero tariffs, for example in the US, Canada, and Mexico, as these are offered to all countries already. There are, however, many areas where Brexit could have an important impact on Scotch Whisky trade and we're working with the government to address those potential challenges. 

"We want the UK Government to pursue as open a trade policy as possible; secure continued robust protection of Scotch; transpose relevant EU single market legislation into UK law; retain the preferential market access that Scotch Whisky receives under existing EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), such as the EU/Korea deal; find opportunities where a distinct UK approach could benefit the domestic industry and ensure a domestic tax and regulatory agenda that delivers a platform for international growth."

A full SWA briefing on Scotch Whisky & Brexit can be found and downloaded below.