UK shops can sell products in pounds and ounces, while the crown symbol will replace the EU-wide ‘CE’ marking on glasses to declare that it adequately measures a pint of beer
Desperate Boris Johnson has hatched plans to revive imperial measurements and put the crown symbol on pint glasses.
To mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee, the government confirms that UK shops can sell products in pounds and ounces.
The crown symbol will replace the EU-wide “CE” marking on glasses to declare that it adequately measures a pint of beer.
Downing Street may be hoping it bolsters support from key Brexiteer voters in battlefield seats the Tories are currently at risk of losing.
But while the move represents a victory for “metric martyrs”, it is largely symbolic for addressing grievances about EU interference in traditional English life.
Since the EU Weights and Measures Directive came into force in 2000, retailers have been required by law to use metric units when selling fresh produce by weight or measure.
Secretary of Commerce Paul Scully said: “On this Platinum Jubilee weekend we bring a toast to Her Majesty The Queen’s health and her services to this country.
“It’s a fitting tribute that we’re now helping companies restore the crown symbol to pint glasses.
“As we think of our fruit and veg by the pound, the legacy of EU regulations means we must legally sell them by the kilo. Our advice today will help businesses serve customers the way their customers want them to.”
Many adults under 40 will struggle with imperial measurements like a yard or an ounce while being familiar with metric measurements in stores.
Metric units are not abandoned. Traders have the freedom to choose which ones to use.
The Prime Minister is under mounting pressure over the Partygate scandal, with a growing number of Tory MPs publicly criticizing his handling of the scandal.
The Tories have unleashed a wave of policy measures as party rifts widen between PM loyalists and critics.
Conservative peer and Asda chairman Lord Rose has branded a return to imperial measures as “nonsense” and costly.
He told Times Radio: “I’ve never heard such nonsense in my life.
“We have serious problems in the world and we’re saying now, let’s go backwards.
“Does anyone in this country under the age of 40 know how many ounces are in a pound?
“It’s complete and utter nonsense that will increase the cost to the people who have to implement it. I’m shocked.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-announces-return-imperial-27134337 Boris Johnson announces return to imperial measurements in British shops to mark anniversary