MUP decision due

THE UK Supreme Court will hand down its judgment on whether or not a minimum price for alcohol is compatible with EU law on Wednesday November 15.

The long-running legal battle between the Scottish Government and a group of organisations led by the Scotch Whisky Association has been ongoing since Holyrood passed the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012. It has passed through several courts of law, including the European Court of Justice and the Court of Session in Edinburgh, which last year upheld an earlier ruling that minimum pricing was legal.

The Scotch Whisky Association appealed that decision, which took the case to the Supreme Court in July 2017.