Hayes welcome Scottish Courts ruling on minimum unit pricing of alcohol
Fine Gael Dublin MEP Brian Hayes has today (Friday) welcomed the Scottish Courts judgement upholding Scottish plans to introduce minimum unit pricing of alcohol. The drinks industry had previously challenged through the Scottish Courts plans to establish a minimum price per unit of alcohol.
“Today’s judgement is very much welcome. EU Member States must be allowed to enact legislation in the interests of public health. The judgement now paves the way for Ireland to introduce it’s minimum unit pricing of alcohol legislation.”
“Minimum pricing will set a floor price for alcohol. It targets the products that are currently very cheap but have a high alcohol content. Minimum pricing has successfully been introduced in a number of provinces in Canada and has had a positive impact.” Concluded MEP Hayes.