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Brexit

The Scotch Whisky industry continues to believe that it would be better for the UK to leave the EU with a deal that would minimise disruption to manufacturing and trade. 

A no-deal exit, particularly in the run up to the busy festive period, would force unwelcome cost and complexity into the production and export of Scotch Whisky and risks impacting our global competitiveness.

We urge the government and MPs to work constructively together to enable the UK and the EU to agree on the terms of the UK's departure from the EU. This should ensure a stable transition during which Scotch Whisky can continue be exported efficiently to the EU, to countries outside the EU where we have benefited from EU trade agreements, and where our global legal protection is assured.

 

news & commentary

15 November 2018

SWA statement on Withdrawal Agreement

Our industry has consistently called for clarity over what that UK's new relationship with the EU will look like in practice, particularly on the continued protection of geographical indications, customs procedures and future trade policy.

04 September 2018

Karen Betts Speech to Scotsman Food & Drink Conference

The water of life: how Scotland's national drink is confronting new challenges to thrive beyond Brexit

03 May 2018

Scotch Whisky looks for continued growth through Brexit

The Scotch Whisky industry's recent growth must be maintained beyond Brexit, delegates at the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) conference heard today.

23 March 2018

Scotch Whisky Association welcomes Brexit transition agreement

The Scotch Whisky Association has set out the priorities for the Scotch Whisky industry as the Brexit transition agreement is set to be approved by EU leaders.

02 March 2018

Comment on PM Brexit speech

"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.

15 December 2017

SWA comment on Brexit transition

SWA welcomes the clear progress made in the first phase of the Brexit negotiations

03 May 2017

Growing Scotch Whisky in a time of change

29 March 2017

SWA Article 50/Brexit statement

13 March 2017

SWA response to FM speech on independence referendum

publications

01 May 2019

Scotch Whisky Brexit Brief

On balance, the draft Withdrawal Agreement and accompanying Political Declaration on the Future UK-EU Relationship stand up well against the Scotch Whisky industry's Brexit priorities.