Last month the European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave its ruling on Scotland's minimum unit pricing (MUP) case, largely confirming the preceding opinion of the Advocate General. The ECJ have ruled that it will be for the Scottish Inner House of the Court of Session to rule on MUP, but can only decide in favour if 'proportionality' can be proved; crucially that the aims of MUP cannot be better achieved by taxation rises.
However a further analysis by EU law lecturer Angus MacCulloch identifies that 'in many ways the judgement leaves as many questions as it answers'. As such the outcome is still 'very much to play for', and again both public health groups and industry opponents of MUP claimed the ruling as positive. News reports however tended to play to conjecture that MUP is 'illegal', demonstrating the highly politicised history of UK MUP tensions.