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    A post-Brexit trade deal with the US could come as very bad news for Britain’s distillers opening the country’s doors to a tidal wave of whiskey imports, post-Brexit trade deal with the US could come as very bad news for Britain’s distillers, opening the country’s doors to a tidal wave of whiskey imports.

    US companies are eagerly awaiting the day when the two countries sign a trade deal that would get rid of current EU requirements concerning the ageing of whiskey so that they can feel free to sell their younger products to Britons as whiskey or whisky as it is spelled outside the United Kingdom, The Guardian wrote.

    The current EU rule is that a product labelled as whisky or whiskey must be aged for a minimum of three years as a quality requirement.

    However, recent advances in barrel technology enable US micro- distillers to reduce the aging time for whiskey while producing a product commensurate in quality.

    Discussions between the two countries over what can and cannot be included in a potential trade deal are being conducted in secrecy, according to transparency campaigners.

    A spokeswoman for the Scotch Whisky Association said it would press for EU food standards to be applied to any trade deal with the United States.

    “According to EU legislation, whisky produced or sold in the EU is required to be matured for at least 3 years, and meet other well-established criteria,” the spokeswoman said. “We are opposed to the sale of any whisky in the UK that does not comply with the legal requirements for whisky under EU law.”

    READ MORE: US Ready to Negotiate Post-Brexit Trade Deal With UK When London Ready

    Recent opinion polls indicate that the majority of Britons is opposed to a trade deal that lowers standards and wants a transparent discussion of the

    “We’re going to have to fight for a more democratic trade policy if we want to stop [Secretary of State for International Trade] Liam Fox’s attempts to Americanize the UK economy,” Nick Dearden, director of  Global Justice Now advocacy group, said.

    The United Kingdom is currently part of EU's single market, but if London leaves it after Brexit, Britain will have to negotiate new trade deals with its partners, including the United States.

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