SNP supports higher whisky prices, claims Jacob Rees-Mogg

Mr Rees-Mogg’s ministerial responsibilities include ‘Brexit opportunities’.

David Lynch
Wednesday 18 May 2022 20:06
(PA)
(PA)

The SNP is campaigning for “higher prices” for Scottish whisky, Jacob Rees-Mogg has suggested.

The claim came after the Cabinet Office minister was asked by SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes whether the Government would seek to protect whisky prices from cheap imports, as the UK searches for new trade partners.

West Dunbartonshire MP Mr Docherty-Hughes asked: “In terms of open trade can he make some clarification about friendly nations? Does that include India shipping cheap Indian whisky to the United Kingdom?”

Jacob Rees-Mogg (Peter Byrne/PA)

Mr Rees-Mogg, whose ministerial responsibilities include “Brexit opportunities”, replied: “It will have to be a risk-based assessment. If he can say that it is dangerous, or it is poisonous, or it is breaking a trademark.

“Do we really have a Scotsman in the House who doesn’t like his whisky to be cheap? Does he want to pay higher prices for whisky?

“Is he calling for the good people of Scotland – this is news Mr Deputy Speaker, a newsflash.

“I hope PA is reporting it carefully along with Hansard. The SNP want higher prices for whisky, higher prices for your evening tipple, Mr Deputy Speaker.

“Well I look forward to that being a good and successful slogan at the next general election: ‘Vote SNP for higher whisky prices’.”

Mr Rees-Mogg had earlier agreed with the sentiment of a speech made by Labour MP Hilary Benn (Leeds Central) about post-Brexit trade.

Labour former minister Mr Benn urged both the EU and the UK to stop “squabbling” over the Northern Ireland Protocol and “sort it out”.

As he concluded the debate on the Queen’s Speech, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “We may not like the EU, we may not think it is the best construct, we may not want to belong to it, but we don’t think they have suddenly become rabid.

“That is why I was delighted to be able to announced in April that remaining import controls on EU goods will no longer be introduced… and this isn’t a delay, this is a change in policy because we recognise that goods produced in other parts of the world, not just the EU, can be produced safely and therefore it makes sense to have unilateral recognition if others won’t give us neutral recognition.”

He added the Government would “see how far we can extend that with other friendly nations that have high standards” with the aim of cutting costs for consumers.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in