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Supreme Court to rule on minimum pricing legal challenge | STV News

The UK’s highest court is to rule on a legal challenge over plans to use minimum pricing for alcohol to improve public health in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has faced a years-long battle to introduce the legislation, which would create a minimum unit price for alcohol of at least 50p.

The Supreme Court’s seven justices will announce their findings on Wednesday after hearing an argument from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) that minimum unit pricing (MUP) is “disproportionate” and illegal under European law.

A lawyer representing the SWA argued at a hearing in London in July that there were better ways to achieve the Scottish Government’s aim of lowering alcohol consumption and tackling associated problems.

Aidan O’Neill QC told the justices: “It is a political decision that pricing should be used to decrease alcohol consumption and improve public health.

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