The European Commission has sent a nine-page legal opinion to the British Government warning that minimum prices are illegal – and that the Treasury should increase duty on alcoholic drinks if it wishes to raise the price.
However, ministers appear to have decided to defy the legal warning and yesterday unveiled proposals to introduce a 45p minimum price for each unit of alcohol.
Quite apart from anything else this is going to create massive legal bills as the case is fought through the courts. Bills that we taxpayers will have to pay.
Can’t we surcharge the fuckers who are bringing in something so obviously illegal?