In the run-up to Brexit, wine and spirits industries on both sides of the Channel are on the same wavelength

Sunday February 12 2017 by Vitisphere

We are now starting to get a clearer picture of what the United Kingdom wants – a free-trade agreement with the European Union providing for tax-free trade. Basically, the only difference would be customs between both partners”, said a satisfied Jean-Marie Barillère, chairman of CEEV, which represents wine companies at EU level. Mindful not to be too specific, UK Prime Minister Theresa May failed to fully remove uncertainties as she outlined her blueprint for a ‘hard Brexit’ on January 17 in London. But she did set the United Kingdom on course for a complete exit from the European Union within the next two years.

Judging Theresa May’s speech realistic and pragmatic, Barillère, who is from Champagne, is already prepared for the negotiations to experience “ups and downs”. As a witness to the political statements that will inevitably mark the round of negotiations, CEEV is delighted that it shares the same objectives as its English counterparts, the Wine & Spirits Trade Association. Both partners are indeed keen to protect the flow of trade. “A divorce must come through. If it goes well, the English market and European wines will not lose their trade links”, claimed Barillère.

 

[ Source: Vitisphere. Photo of Jean-Marie Barillère: Union des Maisons de Champagne ]

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