BORIS Johnson has vowed to slash tariffs on Scotch whisky to zero after Brexit.
The Tory boss promised a review of excise duties on spirits during his hour long visit to Scotland this afternoon.
Mr Johnson said the review would breathe life into the whisky industry north of the border and help it expand.
However, the PM could not say if the planned changes to tax would cancel out the current 25 per cent tariff recently imposed by Donald Trump.
During his visit to the Roseilse distillery near Elgin, he said: “One thing I will say: I have interceded several times now with the Americans.
“They put the tariff on whisky because the EU Commission decided to put a tariff on Bourbon.
I can’t into the conversations but you should know that, coming out of the EU, the tariff finishes anyway. Once we come out of the EU, those tariffs will not apply.
“It was a cynical tactic by the EU because they knew the Americans would respond in that way.
“I can’t into the conversations but you should know that, coming out of the EU, the tariff finishes anyway. Once we come out of the EU, those tariffs will not apply.”
‘YOKE-MATES OF DESTRUCTION’
Mr Johnson also claimed Nicola Sturgeon and Jeremy Corbyn have teamed up to smash the U.K. as “the yoke-mates of destruction”.
He also gave a “cast iron” promise to ignore demands for a new independence referendum even if the SNP wins a majority at this election and at Holyrood in 2021.
But, speaking at the behind the closed doors event, the PM denied he had dodged ordinary Scots since sneaking out the back door of Bute House to avoid booing crowds in the summer.
“I have met many, many Scottish voters in my time as PM.
I have met many, many members of the public but you haven’t necessarily been there. I am always very pleased to come to Scotland.
“I have met many, many members of the public but you haven’t necessarily been there. I am always very pleased to come to Scotland.”
Mr Johnson stressed again that he will not give ground on IndyRef2, despite Ms Sturgeon’s claims that an SNP victory will make her demand for a new vote “irresistible.”
He said: “The people of Scotland in 2014 were told that, if they had a referendum, it would be a once in a generation thing.
“There is a Deal now between the SNP and Jeremy Corbyn because the only way he hopes to get into power is with a deal with the SNP.
“The result is, next year would be a chaotic year of two referendums, one on Scotland and one on the EU which would be a truly bizarre event because Corbyn has already pledged to go off and negotiate a new deal and then spend six months on a referendum campaign when it’s not even clear if he’s for Leave or Remain.”
He added: “There is no case whatever because people were promised in 2014 that it would be a once in a generation event.
“It’s perfectly obvious that Jeremy Corbyn is going to rely on the SNP to get him into power and he has done a shady deal. “
Asked if an SNP majority at Holyrood might change his mind, he said simply: “No.”
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