Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has hit out at a legal challenge which will result in further delay of plans to implement minimum unit pricing. The Scottish Liberal Democrats have argued that the policy is crucial in tackling Scotland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol. 

It was announced today that Scottish Whisky Association’s case has now been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The Court of Session judgement could spell a further delay of up to two years. 

Speaking today, Mr Hume said: 

“This further delay only serves the interests of big business, not Scotland’s health. Tying two hands behind our back by embarking on a lengthy and costly legal process in Europe will only hinder efforts to tackle Scotland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Evidence shows that minimum pricing has an effect on consumption which reduces harm and saves lives. 

“Scotland’s elected political parties passed this legislation in parliament. It is disappointing that some of the vocal opposition still refuses to accept that decision. I hope that this next step of legal process will move swiftly in the interests of Scotland’s health.”