UK supreme court rules minimum alcohol pricing is legal

Whisky group loses legal battle to stop Scottish government using price controls to try to combat alcohol-related deaths

The UK supreme court has backed the Scottish government’s plans to introduce a minimum price for all alcoholic drinks in a decisive victory for Nicola Sturgeon.

After a five-year legal battle against the plans led by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the court ruled on Wednesday that minimum pricing was legal on health grounds under EU law.

Absolutely delighted that minimum pricing has been upheld by the Supreme Court. This has been a long road – and no doubt the policy will continue to have its critics – but it is a bold and necessary move to improve public health.

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