Alyn Welcomes Ruling in Favour of Minimum Unit Pricing

Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament, today welcomed the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruling against a challenge to Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

The SWA claimed the plans were a breach of European Law but this has now been found wanting by both the European Court of Justice and the Court of Session.

The proposals would set a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol.

Alyn said:

“Minimum pricing is a proportionate, evidence-based policy to cut down on harmful drinking amongst the heaviest drinkers.  The evidence from Canada where this policy has been in place for years is clear, this is worth doing to address Scotland's drinking problem.”

“Both the European Court of Justice and the Scottish Courts have now given minimum unit pricing a clean bill of health. I hope the SWA will do the decent thing and accept the result and not appeal to the UK Supreme Court.  There is a real need for the industry to work with the government in making our alcohol harm reduction strategy work, I hope today's judgment marks the end of their misguided campaign against this entirely reasonable policy."