PM's duty pledge

Scotch leaders welcome Johnson’s review of whisky tax

Boris Johnson at a distillery in Elgin

Scotch whisky leaders have welcomed Boris Johnson’s pledge to review the tax paid on a bottle of whisky.

The Prime Minister said the Conservatives said would seek to “develop a system which provides better support for domestic drink producers”.

Speaking as he visited a distillery near Elgin in Moray he said a review of alcohol duties will be included in the party’s election manifesto.

Scotch Whisky Association chief executive Karen Betts said: “Reform of alcohol duty has been a long term goal of the Scotch Whisky industry and is our number one ask of all political parties in the General Election. 

“This announcement is welcome, and opens the door to reforming a broken system in which large inconsistencies between alcohol categories put Scotch Whisky and the wider UK spirits industry at a competitive disadvantage. 

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