SCOT­LAND TO BRI­TAIN: PRO­TECT SCOTCH WHISKY AF­TER BREXIT

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

LON­DON» Scot­land has called for Scotch to be de­fined in U.K. law so its vi­tal whisky in­dus­try can be pro­tected af­ter Brexit.

Scot­tish Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Keith Brown has writ­ten to of­fi­cials ask­ing for strong le­gal pro­tec­tions for the in­dus­try, which is worth about $5.3 bil­lion in ex­ports. A Euro­pean Union def­i­ni­tion of whisky cur­rently pro­tects sales from sub­stan­dard prod­ucts — but EU laws will no longer ap­ply to Bri­tain af­ter the coun­try ex­its the bloc in 2019.

Brown’s com­ments Sun­day came af­ter Bri­tain’s In­ter­na­tional Trade Sec­re­tary Liam Fox vis­ited the U.S. this week for trade talks.

Brown said the U.S. has voiced sup­port for re­lax­ing the def­i­ni­tion of whisky, which he said would open the mar­ket to prod­ucts that don’t meet the cur­rent stan­dard. ●●●

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