Minister calls for Scotch whisky to be defined in law – BBC News

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The Scottish government has called for Scotch to become defined in UK law to be able to protect whisky exports after Brexit.

Scotland’s Economy Admin Keith Brown has written in order to UK ministers calling for safety of the Scotch whisky industry.

The industry is worth about 4bn to Scotland in exports. A good EU definition of whisky currently shields sales from sub-standard products.

The UK government said it will support the industry so it continued in order to thrive.

Mister Brown’s call follows International Business Secretary Liam Fox’s visit to the united states last week.

The economic climate secretary said: “Aside from as being a key part of Scottish culture plus identity, our whisky industry facilitates around 20, 000 jobs.

“The US made clear within the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Relationship discussions that they would support the relaxation of the definition of whisky, which may open the market up to a number of items which do not currently meet that will standard. ”

‘Right outcomes’

This individual added: “It is vital that we still have robust legal protection associated with Scotch whisky, which is why I have searched for clarification from the UK government about whether Scotch whisky featured within discussions during last week’s industry visit by the Secretary of Condition for International Trade.

“I am also demanding how the current EU regulations are assured post-Brexit.

“After reviews this week that the UK government can be contemplating trade deals that endanger the value and reputation of Scottish create, once again we can see the confusion that is at the heart of the UK government’s Brexit position.

“We have to be sure that any future deals work with Scotland and are not threatening the particular livelihoods of our farmers and makers. ”

He mentioned all four UK governments should have oversight of the negotiations to ensure, as far as feasible, “that the right outcomes for everyone are usually secured”.

A UNITED KINGDOM government spokeswoman said: “Scotch is really a UK export success story and we’ll support the industry so that it continues to flourish and prosper post-Brexit.

“The UK government has a solid relationship with the Scotch Whisky Organization and is working closely with the business as we aim to secure the best possible offer for the whole of the UK. ”