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Brexit day: 'Embrace the brave new world,' says UK wine body

Chris Mercer - Source: www.decanter.com

Rule changes and new ways of working could lead to more wine being available in the UK after Brexit, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has said, calling on members to 'embrace a brave new world'.

Time to look at the positives? Credit: incamerastock/Alamy

Wine industry leaders have issued a series of reasons to be upbeat as Brexit day finally arrived for the UK on 31st January 2020.

Much of the wine trade was in favour of remaining in the European Union in the 2016 referendum, but Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WTSA), said this week that it was important to 'embrace a brave new world of trading'.

And he floated the idea that, rather than losing out, UK consumers may have access to even more wines in future.

'We have started with some clear asks of government which, if practical steps are taken, we believe will keep the UK as the number one spirit exporter, but could also see us take the top spot as the world's largest wine importer by volume - from Germany,' he said.

High on WTSA's wish-list is zero tariffs on wine imports; all eyes will be on trade negociations between EU and UK officials this year.

Around 55% of wine in the UK is imported from the EU and there has been concern that, without a trade deal in place, wine prices could rise in the UK. A weaker sterling currency since the 2016 referendum has already contributed to price rises in recent years, alongside duty tax increases.

'It's time to complete a trade deal with the EU - and move on,' said Beale.

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