Grapes: UK Trade with EU

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 19th June 2020.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether regulations that enable wineries to produce wine from grapes imported from EU countries will remain in place after the transition period.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UK-produced wine has a growing international reputation and the Government is committed to supporting a thriving UK wine industry.

After the Transition Period, the effect of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act means it will not be possible to use grapes from third countries (including those from the EU) for the purpose of producing wine in Great Britain (GB).

It will continue to be possible to use grapes from EU countries for the purpose of producing wine in Northern Ireland.

During the Transition Period, production of wine in the UK from grapes imported from the EU is permitted. This period allows GB operators time to adapt their practices in readiness for our departure from the single market and customs union.

The Government will keep the rules on the production and marketing of wine under review.

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