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United Kingdom supreme court rules minimum alcohol pricing is legal

15 Novembre 2017

The UK Supreme Court has today ruled that minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland, which was passed overwhelmingly by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, can now proceed.

The Supreme Court's seven justices announced their findings on Wednesday after dismissing an argument from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) that minimum unit pricing (MUP) is "disproportionate" and illegal under European law. In 2016, 17% more alcohol was sold per adult in Scotland than in England and Wales.

She added: "Given the clear and proven link between consumption and harm, minimum pricing is the most effective and efficient way to tackle the cheap, high strength alcohol that causes so much damage to so many families".

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'We regret, but respect, the Supreme Court decision and hope to count on the Scottish government to ensure a smooth implementation of this legislation, in a way that would as much as possible limit market distortion and preserve a level-playing field.' said Jean-Marie Barillère, president of CEEV.

Ministers said it would help fight Scotland's "unhealthy relationship with drink". It lodged a series of appeals against rulings by Scottish judges in favour of Sturgeon's plans.

United Kingdom supreme court rules minimum alcohol pricing is legal