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Alcohol pricing plan goes to Europe to check its legality

30 April 2014 Last updated at 14:46 BST

Plans for a minimum unit price for alcohol in Scotland will be delayed for up to two years while a European court decides on their legality.

Scottish judges have referred the matter to a European court in Luxembourg to determine whether it complies with EU law.

The Scotch Whisky Association had challenged the legality of the proposal which would ban the sale of drink at less than 50p per unit of alcohol.

BBC Scotland's home affairs correspondent Reevel Alderson reports.