Scotch whisky to appeal on alcohol pricing

By Rick Pendrous

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Hard to swallow: the SWA is appealing the ruling on minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland
Hard to swallow: the SWA is appealing the ruling on minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland
The Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA’s) decision to appeal to the UK Supreme Court, following the ruling from the Court of Session on minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland, has been met with dismay by the Scottish health secretary Shona Robison and health campaigners in Scotland.

In October, the Scottish courts ruled that the Scottish government’s plan for a 50p minimum price for alcohol north of the border was legal under EU law.

“Having carefully considered the ruling from the Court of Session on minimum unit pricing of alcohol we have decided to appeal to the UK Supreme Court​,” said Julie Hesketh-Laird, SWA acting chief executive.

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly. It comes after wide consultation with our member companies and other parties to the case to see whether there is an alternative way forward.

‘Minimum pricing is incompatible’

“However, given our strong view that minimum pricing is incompatible with EU law and likely to be ineffective, we now hope that our appeal can be heard quickly in the UK Supreme Court.”

Hesketh-Laird said that, having studied the ruling, the SWA believed the Scottish court had not properly reviewed the legislation’s compatibility with EU law as required by the European Court’s judgment.

“We remain committed to working closely with the Scottish government and everyone else who shares our common goal of tackling alcohol misuse,”​ added Hesketh-Laird.

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