Distillers’ justifiable concerns about Brexit

Campbeltown Courier opinion.

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Campbeltown’s whisky distilleries bosses have expressed justifiable concerns about their foreign exports in the lead-up to Brexit.

With two weeks until Brexit D-Day, on March 29, members of parliament (MPs) have again rejected Prime Minister (PM) Theresa May’s plans.

On Tuesday, MPs voted against the PM’s deal by 149, with 242 in support and 391 voting against.

As Springbank Distillery’s Ranald Watson said, it is unbelievable that having held the Brexit referendum almost three years ago, we are still in the dark about the terms on which we will be leaving in 14 days.

We can rest assured that the classic British gin and tonic is safe – it was revealed in the Financial Times this week that after four years of debate, the European Commission has allowed tonic water to keep its name, despite not possessing any medicinal health benefits.

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers director Niall Macalister Hall quipped: ‘Perhaps we are better off out of the EU after all when you read nonsense like this!’

Many people tout themselves as Brexit experts but only time will tell what the future holds.