The Scottish government wants to end cut-price alcohol deals in supermarkets in an attempt to tackle the country’s booze culture.
The alcohol Bill is expected to set out a minimum price of 40p per unit — a controversial proposal that has drawn protests from the drinks industry.
The Scottish Conservatives are opposed to minimum pricing, but Labour has softened its position in recent months and is now expected to back the idea.
A spokesman for the SNP administration said: “The UK’s four Chief Medical Officers all back minimum pricing, and the BMA, Royal College of Nursing, the police, the British Liver Trust, and indeed the licensed trade association, all support the Scottish government’s proposals — which would stop high-strength beers and ciders being sold for pocket-money prices, while not affecting premium and quality products such as Scotch whisky.
Doesn’t matter how many Scottish politicians and their paid bureaucrats think this is a good idea. It is illegal.
The European Union says so.
Having a minimum price per alcohol unit goes against the Single Market rules. For it could potentially discriminate against low cost alcohol from outside Scotland in favour of high priced from within.
We’ll put this one down to a failure to understand where the power lies, shall we?
Or, as I wrote earlier.