Boris Johnson is reportedly set to announce the return of imperial measures to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee, in an apparent effort to win support from pro-Brexit voters on battlefield seats that the Conservatives may lose.
The UK currently uses a mixture of imperial and metric measurements, with speed limits in miles per hour and milk and beer being bought in pints.
The prime minister, under mounting pressure after more devastating revelations in the Partygate scandal, is expected to announce next week that British stores will be allowed to sell merchandise in pounds and ounces to coincide with celebrations for the king’s 70th anniversary.
A Cabinet source told The Mirror: “As the British people are fond of using both imperial and metric measurements in their daily lives, it is good for the government to make clear that we are now free to adjust our regulations accordingly.”
Since 1995, goods sold in Europe must have metric weights and measures. And since 2000, when the European Union’s Weights and Measures Directive came into force, merchants were required by law to use metric units when selling fresh produce by weight or measure, to the dismay of EU skeptics about Brussels’ alleged interference in British life that has become a frequent occurrence. Trait.
While it is still legal to price merchandise in pounds and ounces, it must be shown alongside the price in grams and kilograms.
Stephen Thuburn, a Sunderland greengrocer, famously fought a three-year legal battle after he was accused of selling pounds and ounces at his market stall in 2001 bundles of bananas worth 34 pence.
During the 2019 general election campaign, Johnson pledged to get Imperial units back into action.
He claimed that measurement in pounds and ounces was an “ancient freedom” because it heralded a “new era of generosity and tolerance” for traditional measurements.
Only three other countries, the United States, Myanmar and Liberia, use the imperial system on a daily basis.