Response to Scotland’s Court of Session decision on Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP)

Earlier today the Scottish Court of Session dismissed the petition for judicial review of minimum unit pricing brought by the Scotch Whisky Association.

Commenting on the Court of Session decision Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association said:

“While this decision is disappointing, it is just the first step in a long legal process. The Scotch Whisky Association’s decision to appeal is the right one and we support it. We are particularly concerned that the Judge has failed to refer this matter to the European Court of Justice. The European Commission and some 10 Member States have expressed their concerns about the legality of MUP under EU law.

“Minimum unit pricing is an ineffective measure which will punish the majority of responsible drinkers through higher prices, particularly those on the lowest incomes. If MUP is introduced in Scotland, the UK risks retaliatory action that would undermine the UK’s wine and spirit sector - which is worth £37 billion to the UK economy. It would also put at risk over 2 million UK jobs.

“While legal action is likely to go on for many months the industry remains committed to making real and measurable progress to reducing alcohol related harm in Scotland through the Scottish Government Alcohol Industry Partnership and the Public Health Responsibility Deal.”


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The WSTA is the UK organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 340 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits. We campaign to promote the industry’s interests with governments at home and abroad. We work with our members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.


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