UK Supreme Court rules in favour of minimum price legislation

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The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol. Legislation was approved by the Scottish Parliament five years ago but has been tied up in court challenges from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). In a unanimous judgment, seven UK Supreme Court judges said the legislation did not breach European Union law and ruled the measure was a "proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim". Ministers said a 50p-per-unit minimum would help tackle Scotland's "unhealthy relationship with drink" by raising the price of cheap, high-strength alcohol. More


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