From freeing up trade between countries to ensuring an open labor market across its 28 members, the European Union has played many important roles in Europe over the last few decades. And on top of ensuring social and economic freedom, it has also found time to protect Scotch Whisky, Stilton cheese and the humble Cornish pasty. But could this protection of Britain's famous foodstuffs come an end on June 24?
One function of the EU is to protect goods and foodstuffs which can be identified with a specific region from imitations. For instance, only sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France can be called Champagne.
Currently, the U.K. has 73 products - ranging from the Melton Mowbray pork pie, Cheddar cheese and Cornish clotted cream - registered with the EU's protected food name scheme, which prevents foreign producers from selling versions of these product that have no link to their place of origin.