EU Referendum: SWA position

22 Feb 2016

David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said:


"We believe it's important for the United Kingdom to remain part of the European Union. The EU's single market, including its regulation of food and drink, and its single trade policy, are central to Scotch Whisky's success. The single market lets us trade across the EU simply and easily. The EU's weight and expertise in international trade helps give us fair access to overseas markets. In all these areas British influence can shape the rules in a way that supports us.


"The agreement secured with the EU includes a welcome re-statement of the importance of a deeper and freer single market and for the EU to be more ambitious and free-trading internationally.   Future reforms in these areas - with the UK able to influence the debate in Brussels - would benefit the whisky industry."


A copy of our November 2015 submission to the Treasury Select Committee on EU membership is available below.


The EU Council conclusions on the new UK settlement agreed last week are at: 

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