From our Swindon correspondent:
Well, this is rather beautiful:-
Or more accurately, British businesses that imported wine from the EU avoided it. The British businesses importing wine from Australia, Chile and Lebanon had to go through all that protectionist bullshit. We left the EU, kept all the rules for now but because the rest of the EU is outside our zone, they get the same rules as everyone else, until we change the law.
She fears a raft of complex, costly paperwork could make some fine wines dearer and scarcer in the UK, especially those produced and shipped in very small quantities.
“Not only is it onerous but from a cost point of view it all becomes prohibitive,” she says. “You’ve got to ask yourself the question if you are a producer: can I be bothered to supply the UK?”