Scotland's proposal to set a minimum fee on wine, beer and spirits has been referred to the European Court of Justice, where a judgement could set a precedent across the EU.
Both supporters and opponents of minimum pricing claimed victory after Scotland's Court of Sessions said today (30 April) said that it would submit the controversial policy to the European Union's highest court.In the small-term, the ruling means Scotland's government will have to wait to implement its plotted floor fee of 50 pence per alcohol unit. If enacted, the cheapest bottle of wine available would be around £4 in retailers. While that might not affect producers or consumers at the higher end of the market, many are oppposed to the principle of minimum pricing. José Ramon Fernandez, secretary general of European wineries trade body, CEEV, welcomed the Scottish court's choice. 'We wait consistently opposed to minimum pricing as an ineffective and disproportionate measure, incompatible with our
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