Today the UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scottish Government can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association and others that it did not comply with European Union law. The judgment is available here.
In an attempt to reduce both the harm to health and the social consequences arising from the consumption of cheap high strength alcohol, the Scottish Parliament passed The Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 . This has been the subject proceeding in the Scottish, European Union and United Kingdom courts since 2012.
Further background to the case is available from the UK Supreme Court here and from the Scottish Government here.
A report by the EU Justice Sub-Committee of the House of Lords looks at the issues arising from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, and, in particular, remove itself from the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union, in relation to European cross border cases in such areas as:
Disputed custody of children
A medical negligence claim;
Litigation arising out of a car accident abroad
Failure to perform a contract
An employment dispute
The current legal framework provides certainty about where such cases should be held and for the automatic recognition and enforcement of judicial decisions and judgments throughout the EU. The report highlights concerns for families, individuals and businesses if alternative adequate arrangements are not in place when the UK leaves the EU.
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