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European court says minimum price for alcohol may breach trade rules

Judges at the European Court of Justice have ruled that the Scottish government's case for a minimum unit price for alcohol is contrary to EU law if other tax options exist.

It says the health benefits, Scottish ministers claim would result from the policy, may be achieved by altering tax rates.

The action had been brought by the Scotch Whisky Association.

As BBC Scotland home affairs correspondent Reevel Alderson reports, this ruling may mean that the legal process is far from over.

  • 23 Dec 2015