WSTA welcomes PMs new Cabinet

Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her new Cabinet, following a Conservative leadership election which lasted just 12 days.

Notably for the wine and spirit industry, Philip Hammond replaced George Osborne as Chancellor and Conservative leadership contender Andrea Leadsom has been promoted to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

To negotiate Britain's exit from the EU, David Davis has been appointed the newly created post Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whilst Liam Fox took up the new role of Secretary of State for International Trade and Greg Clark has taken over as Business Secretary in the renamed role of Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association said:

“We welcome and look forward to working with Theresa May and her new Cabinet.

“The WSTA has a track record of working closely with government and we are confident that Mrs May and her team will want to build on this and to continue to fly the flag for the UK’s fantastic wine and spirits industry.

“The WSTA team has enjoyed working with Mrs May over the past four years as part of the Home Office’s Alcohol Strategy. We led the delegation to discuss its implementation and since then have established a successful working relationship that we look forward to continuing with Amber Rudd.

“We are encouraged by the new Brexit secretary David Davis' initial views. We are keen to work with him and his officials to negotiate the strongest possible trading relationship with the EU.

“And we welcome new Environment Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, who will be a able to support the growth of the British drinks industry at home and abroad alongside Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary and International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox. I hope to see them all promoting the push to ‘Serve British’.

“Finally the WSTA also looks forward to working with the new Chancellor Philip Hammond and to a progressive budget that supports our world leading industry. As a former businessman we hope he recognises the need for a fairer duty rate for wine and spirits, which will encourage trade and lead to growth and jobs within the industry.”

Want to know more? Ask Rebekah Kendrick
Rebekah Kendrick

Rebekah Kendrick - Head of Brexit and EU Affairs

Rebekah joined the WSTA in 2015 and is responsible for WSTA Brexit activity, with previous experience working in Westminster and on drinks industry campaigns. Previously Parliamentary Affairs Manager at the WSTA, her current role is focussed around Brexit policy and engaging with Government and Parliament to help secure the best possible deal for the wine and spirits industry when the UK leaves the European Union. Rebekah also manages the Association’s English wine activity, including the WSTA English Wine Group.

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