Boris Johnson will this week pave the way for the return of pounds and ounces in British stores, in what Tory MPs have declared a “common sense” move to take advantage of the freedoms Brexit brings.
On Friday, the government will unveil its proposal to repeal the law originating from the EU Require all trade to use metric unitsThere are limited exceptions.
Meanwhile, ministers will issue guidance to companies on reinstating the use of the crown symbol on pint glasses, after it is replaced by the CE mark, to help the UK comply with EU rules.
A government source said: “We Brits measure our walks in miles and our beer and milk in pints. No one knows what a 4.5kg baby looks like, but we all know one A 10-pound baby is a behemoth.
“It’s time for us to swagger A long history of our traditional measures.
“What better way Celebrating Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Instead of restoring the crown emblem to the side of the pint glasses so we can toast her health and service to this country. “
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will start a formal consultation with the public, business groups and industry on Friday, asking if they want to decriminalize the use of pounds and ounces by retailers.
The consultation paper, titled ‘Units and Measurement Selection’, will consider the advantages for customers and businesses of reintroducing imperial measurements.
A government source said the study would consider a number of options, including the unlikely elimination of metric measurements and a full reversion to pounds and ounces.
It’s more likely that traders such as greengrocers will eventually be allowed to choose to sell in pounds and ounces, similar to pubs that currently serve pints.
Prominent Conservative Brexiteer Peter Bone said it was “common sense” to reconsider the use of British measures – especially since one of Britain’s biggest trading partners is the US, which uses this system of weights and measures.
“I welcome this move. Traders being accused of not using metric measurements is nonsense,” he said.
David Jones, vice-chair of the MEP research group, said: “The British people have never been really keen on metric measurements. They still buy pints in pubs and measure speed in miles per hour.
“There’s absolutely no reason they couldn’t buy a pound of apples if they wanted to.”