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Wales & England to follow, as with plastic bags?

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that minimum unit pricing for alcohol, which was passed overwhelmingly by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, can now proceed.

Following the unequivocal backing of the highest court in Scotland – and a referral to the European Court of Justice – the UK Supreme Court has now dismissed an appeal by the Scotch Whisky Association & others, ruling that the proposed minimum unit pricing policy is appropriately targeted, lawful and proportionate.

Prior to implementing the policy, Ministers will now conduct a consultation on the proposed 50p per unit price and refresh the Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) that is required by Parliament.  The Scottish Government anticipates setting the minimum unit price at 50p per unit, subject to the outcome of the consultation and the refreshed BRIA.
Researched Links:

ScotGov:  Alcohol minimum unit pricing to go ahead

ScotGov:  Minimum Unit Pricing

WAG:  Increase in alcohol-related deaths in Wales – new report shows

IEA:  Decision on minimum alcohol pricing disappointing & will hit poorest the hardest

Alcohol often cheaper than water in shops!

Time to ‘call time’ on cheap booze

BMJ:  Evidence for the effectiveness of minimum pricing of alcohol

Alcohol Minimum Pricing | Alcohol Focus Scotland

Alcohol Minimum Pricing - Centre for Retail Research, Nottingham UK

Alcohol: minimum pricing - Commons Library briefing - UK Parliament

Minimum unit pricing - IAS - Institute of Alcohol Studies

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