From SNP Media
New analysis from the House of Commons Library shows Brexit is costing the whisky industry £5 million per week.
UK exports of whiskies to the EU were £105.7 million lower in January-May 2021 than in January – May 2019, which, on average, is £5.0 million a week lower.
In the immediate aftermath of Brexit – January to March 2021 – the whisky industry saw its exports drop to £135.9 million lower than in the same period in 2019, which works out as £10.4 million a week lower on average.
In 2019, Scotch Whisky accounted for 75 per cent of all Scottish food and drink exports, 21 per cent of all UK food and drink exports, and 1.4 per cent of all UK goods exports.
Commenting, SNP MP for Argyll and Bute, Brendan O’Hara, said:
“Scotch whisky plays a crucial role in the success of Scotland’s food and drinks sector and our economy given it accounts for 75% of the sector – so for the industry to be losing £5 million per week is devastating.
“The triple whammy of a Brexit that Scotland didn’t vote for, the pandemic and the US tariffs – which have thankfully now been lifted but not before they cost the industry at least half a billion pounds – have dealt a hammer blow to the Scottish whisky sector.
“All in all the losses to Scotch Whisky exports have been eye-watering, as a result of a Tory Brexit and the UK government’s lack of action over the US tariffs – it is beyond time the UK government made amends for this.
“Going forward, we need to see continued and intensified support for Scotch whisky and that includes a response to the long-awaited Treasury review of alcohol duty.
“But it is clear that the only way to protect Scotland’s whisky sector is to get it out from under the control of Westminster Tories with the full powers of independence.”
House of Commons Library research