Brexit will take time, and this delights the wine industry

Wednesday June 21 2017 by Vitisphere

More than a year after the Brexit vote, Vinexpo organised a clarification meeting in BordeauxMore than a year after the Brexit vote, Vinexpo organised a clarification meeting in Bordeaux - Photo credit : Alexandre Abellan

If uncertainty is lasting, negociations began and enable industries to show their common purpose: get a transition period to have time to create a free trade agreement.


“Regardind the European wine industry, the aim is to act as if Brexit never happened. We want as little change as possible in our flows with the United Kindom” stated on June 20th Jean-Marie Barillère (CEEV president). “Indeed we will have to work hard together for nothing” sums up Miles Beale, head of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.


Delivering the same speech than during the London Intarnational Wine Fair, the English lobbyist highlights a recent evolution: “after a whole year without any advance, there is finally a change”. After he met Michel Barnier, UE negociator and David Davis the Brexit Minister for the first time, Miles Beale seemed quite optimistic. Indeed David Davis finally considers a transition period before setting up any agreement.


“Our fear is that Brexit could happen to fast” explains Miles Beale. A five years negociation should come to a final agreement. “After two years of negociation, we should have a free trade agreement which, I hope, will be as similar to the current one as possible, with free customs, it is simple but quite ambitious” adds Jean-Marie Barillère.


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