IEA - Rejection of minimum alcohol pricing is a step in the right direction
ECJ is right to stick to its principles on minimum pricing
Commenting on the decision by the European Court of Justice on whether minimum alcohol pricing is legal under EU law, Christopher Snowdon, Director of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:
"It is reassuring to see the EU sticking to the principles of the common market. The ECJ has previously rejected attempts to create a minimum price for fuel and tobacco so we are not surprised by this announcement. The Scottish government, goaded on by fanatical public health groups, has wasted a great deal of money pursuing this vanity project even after the European Commission warned them against it. It is now likelier than ever that they will lose the case. If so, they will be answerable to the taxpayers whose money they have squandered."
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