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Minimum Alcohol Pricing

Date: 28 March 2012

Following the UK Governments announcement on Friday 23 March that they intended to introduce a minimum price-per-unit for all alcohol sold in the UK, there were claims in the press that minimum pricing would be contrary to EU law.

Angus MacCulloch analysed this claim and posted, on the blog, his view that the such a challenge was unlikely to be successful. That post was subsequently picked up by the Guardian law section and re-posted there.

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Minimum Alcohol Pricing and EU Law

Would introducing a minimum price for alcohol of 40p per unit breach EU law?

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Further information

Associated staff: Angus MacCulloch

Associated departments and research centres: Law

Keywords: Alcohol and illicit drug use, EU law and policy, European Union law


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