Scotch tariffs 'to fall under deal with Asia' – The Times

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Scotch whisky tariffs will be cut in Asia under a new British trade deal with Pacific countries, the international trade secretary has pledged.

The UK will apply to join a free trade area with 11 Asia and Pacific nations today, with formal negotiations in spring.

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) covers a market of about 500 million people. Members include Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

“We want to hitch Britain to those fast-growing economies and see reduced tariffs on whisky, cars, computer games and technology,” Liz Truss, the international trade secretary, told Sky News.

“That will enable British business to export more to those countries, and unlike the EU there are no