Scottish minimum alcohol pricing ruled legal by UK Supreme Court

Scotch Whisky Association Challenges Minimum Alcohol Pricing

Scotch Whisky Association Challenges Minimum Alcohol Pricing

Scotland is set to become the first country in the world with a minimum price for alcohol sales after the UK's highest court rejected an appeal from Scotch whisky manufacturers.

"Minimum pricing is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim", the Supreme Court said in its ruling. Its drinking problem is far worse than the rest of the UK.

It marks a significant blow to the drinks industry's opposition to minimum pricing on drinks and may set an important precedent.

"Scottish Parliament health secretary Shona Robison welcomed the decision and confirmed she intends to make a statement to Parliament shortly, setting out the Scottish Government's next steps".

But seven judges at the Supreme Court unanimously backed the Scottish Government, ruling that the plan passed by MSPs five years ago but held up in legal battles could now go ahead.

"We will now look to the Scottish and UK Governments to support the industry against the negative effects of trade barriers being raised in overseas markets that discriminate against Scotch whisky as a outcome of minimum pricing, and to argue for fair competition on our behalf".

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