Scotch whisky industry to start legal fight against minimum alcohol pricing19 July 2012
Scotch whisky producers are set to start a legal challenge against proposals to set minimum alcohol pricing in the UK.
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) claims the legislation, which was approved by Scottish Parliament in May, is illegal as it imposes a barrier to free trade within Europe.
The SWA, which represents 56 drinks producers including Diageo and Glenmorangie, is expected to protest to the European Commission.
The legislation will introduce a pricing threshold of 50p per unit in Scotland next year.
The minimum pricing could be extended across the UK after the health select committee today gave its backing for the UK Government’s recommendation to introduce it in England and Wales.
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