We’re getting ready for Scots breakaway, says drinks boss

By Calum Ross

Published: 19/02/2014

Bosses at drinks giant Pernod Ricard have admitted they are “preparing” for Scottish independence – but warned that the booming whisky industry was “fragile” amid political upheaval.

The French firm’s chief executive Pierre Pringuet suggested that Scots remember that countries were becoming more integrated internationally – saying that “in this global world you need to have global ambition”.

His remarks were understood to be a warning against any radical tax changes in the wake of a Yes vote in September’s referendum, with Mr Pringuet specifically citing fiscal changes in Thailand which the sector “suffered” from.

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