Comment on PM Brexit speech
02 Mar 2018
Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech on the Brexit
negotiations, Scotch Whisky Association CEO Karen Betts said:
"The Prime Minister's speech has taken us closer to the clarity
which key industries like Scotch Whisky require if we are to
mitigate the risks and harness the opportunities of Brexit.
"For the transition period, the Scotch Whisky industry would be
best served by a status quo transition, where the UK remains both
in the EU single market and the customs union, and with all
relevant EU laws and bilateral trade agreements still fully
applicable to the UK. It is critical to get the details of this
resolved as soon as possible.
"Post-Brexit, we want continued frictionless access to EU
markets. The comprehensive UK-EU free trade agreement the Prime
Minister proposes must take into account the close trading
relationship we have had for 40 years with regulations which allow
easy access to the single market.
"Our trade globally is equally important. We export to 180
markets around the world, and our key growth markets in the medium
to long term are outside the EU. Our ability to continue to
influence trade policy is therefore vital."