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Whisky export figures show importance of EU trade

February 13, 2019 12:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Exports of Scotch whisky hit a record high last year according to analysis of HMRC data by the Scotch Whisky Association published today.

Figures show that the European Union remained the largest region for exports, accounting for 30% of global value and 36% of volume.

Commenting on the figures, Jamie Stone MP, Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson said:

"While it is excellent that exports of whisky are at a record high this analysis shows how important frictionless trade with the EU is to Scotland.

"We will not be able to guarantee continued growth in this market if we create barriers with our largest Scotch Whisky export partner. Brexit in any form, and particularly if we crash out of the EU without a deal, will be incredibly damaging to the Scotch Whisky market and to Scottish industry.

"The best way of preventing this is through a People's Vote with the option to stay in the EU."