No-deal Brexit threatens £4.4bn Scotch exports

The Scotch whisky industry, the UK’s biggest food and drink export, said on Wednesday it was imperative that UK politicians work quickly to avoid crashing out of the European Union without a deal, according to a Reuters report.

The value of Scotch Whisky exports rose 8.9% to a record £4.36 billion in 2017, making Scotch the UK’s biggest food and drink export ahead of salmon, chocolate and cheese.

“It is imperative that the government and parliamentarians work together constructively and quickly to find a way forward which provides clarity for businesses and employees and avoids a no-deal Brexit,” a spokesman for the Scotch Whisky Association told Reuters.