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Top judges to rule on minimum pricing plans for alcohol in Scotland | BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Seven Supreme Court justices will announce their findings on Wednesday after hearing 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.

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.

”We point out that there are a whole number of ways in which pricing can legitimately be used in accordance with EU law to achieve those aims.”

Mr O’Neill said that, in principle, raising excise duty might be one way of increasing the price and achieving the same health benefits.

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