SWA challenge Westminster minimum price plans

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Scottish Whisky Association

Scottish Whisky Association

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has written to the Prime Minister in opposition to plans for a minimum per-unit alcohol price in its response to UK Government plans.

The SWA has consistently opposed the plans at the Scottish Parliament and has maintained its stance now that Westminster is due to consider a similar bill.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Prime Minister David Cameron is to over-rule his health secretary and put forward proposals for minimum pricing, as opposed to the less severe “floor price” model.

The SWA insist that the plans at both the Holyrood and Westminster Parliaments would be illegal under EU law and open to legal challenge.

Both parties in the UK coalition government, Liberal Democrats and Conservatives, have modified their position on minimum pricing in Scotland and have decided to support the move there.

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