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It is disappointing that nearly two years after triggering Article 50, MPs are no closer to agreeing a deal.

The limited extension to Article 50 agreed by MPs gives necessary breathing space, but continued haggling in Parliament has already forced businesses to spend time and money on no-deal contingency plans.

The Scotch Whisky industry is well used to adapting to changes in the rules governing global trade, but rarely have we encountered such difficult, and last minute, circumstances. It is vital a deal is agreed quickly so the current uncertainty is not prolonged.

The government's deal gives our industry clarity over GI protection, customs procedures and trade policy. The clock is still ticking and, with another vote due this coming week, there are no clear alternatives on the table.

The time has come to reach consensus on a way forward that moves us on to focus on the critical future trade relationship we will have with the EU and other global markets.

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.

05 March 2018

Protecting Scotch in the age of Brexit

The UK is preparing for a time of great change as we approach Brexit. Leaving the European Union will undoubtedly have a major impact on British industries and exporters, including Scotch Whisky.

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.

08 January 2018

What does this year hold for Scotch?

We've said goodbye to 2017 and welcomed in the new year. Now it's time to get back to work after a well-deserved break and focus on what the next 12 months have in store for the Scotch Whisky industry.

15 December 2017

SWA comment on Brexit transition

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


14 January 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.