UK supreme court rules minimum alcohol pricing is legal

Whisky group loses legal battle to stop Scottish government using price controls to try to combat alcohol-related deaths

The UK supreme court has backed the Scottish government’s plans to introduce a minimum price for all alcoholic drinks in a decisive victory for Nicola Sturgeon.

After a five-year legal battle against the plans led by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the court has ruled that minimum pricing is legal under EU law on health grounds.

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