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>> They say that a glass can be either half empty or half full. For Scottish whiskey makers facing the spectre of Brexit, it seems that the answer could be both.>> We campaigned to remain in the EU. We have had a very successful track record of influencing both single market rules and also EU trade policy with all the other countries outside the EU.
Having said all that, if the UK does leave the EU, there will certainly be advantages for us.>> The industry exported over $6 billion worth of whiskey in 2017, more than a fifth of all Britain's food and drink exports. Leaving the bloc would give the UK the chance to negotiate bilateral trade deals with important markets.
Countries with a serious thirst for Scottish whiskey include India, China, and Brazil.>> We're a family business in our fourth generation, so we've been through ups and downs. With Brexit, what we do today won't come to effect for ten years' time when we come to bottle it. So there'll be challenges, but there'll also be opportunities.
>> The distillers, if Britain can't get the trade deal it wants with the EU, they would prefer a clean break. Brexit jitters, though, aren't affecting demand for the drink. Investment has continued to pour into the industry. And because whiskey only gets better with age, its makers may be happier than most to wait for a good deal.