Minimum pricing: Whisky industry’s bid to end deadlock

WHISKY producers are to push for the deadlock over minimum pricing to be settled immediately by Europe amid warnings that a decision on the controversial policy is in limbo.

A spokeswoman for the SWA said last night that it expected the case to be referred up to the ­European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Picture: TSPL

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) will go to the Court of Session next week to urge it to pass the dispute over the proposals to the European Court of Justice for a ­decision.

The association opposes the plans, which would set a 50p per unit floor price on all drink sold in Scotland, saying it will encourage countries around the world to retaliate with tariffs on imports of Scotch.