European opposition to minimum unit pricing
25 Jul 2013
SWA response to BBC report today on European opposition to
minimum unit pricing of alcohol
A Scotch Whisky Association spokeswoman said: "The opposition of
five European wine-producing nations to minimum unit pricing (MUP)
of alcohol reported today, along with the European Commission's
concerns, fully support the view we have consistently expressed
that the policy would be illegal, ineffective and set a dangerous
precedent which would impact our trading with overseas nations. It
would damage overseas producers which rely on importing to Scotland
and the UK. The Scottish Court of Session failed to give any
consideration to the effect of MUP on producers in other European
Union Member States.
"We will continue to oppose MUP through the courts. The Scottish
Government should concentrate on legal measures targeting the parts
of the population drinking at hazardous and harmful levels.
Measures already introduced seem to be working as alcohol-related
deaths and harms are falling in Scotland."