Spiritseurope boss demands Brexit Withdrawal Agreement solution

The director general of trade body Spiritseurope has called for an urgent resolution to the outstanding issues in the Brexit negotiations before the European Council Summit this week.

The disruption caused by the UK exiting the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement to the trade, customs and regulatory environment has the potential to be detrimental to the spirits sector.

 “The conclusion of the Withdrawal Agreement, including the vital transition period, is a top priority that should be achieved without any further delay,” said Ulrich Adam, director general of spiritseurope. 

“The final version of the Withdrawal Agreement should include the reciprocal protection of Geographical Indications, agreed rules and processes to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, and secure continuity in commercial relations with third countries.

“Looking ahead to the future relationship, we call for the political declaration accompanying the Withdrawal Agreement to mandate the negotiators to achieve a deep and comprehensive EU-UK trade agreement securing tariff-free trade, fair competition and maintaining consumer confidence.”