Britain could revert to imperial system under ‘new Brexit freedoms’

  • The United Kingdom announced on Thursday its intention to reassess the remaining laws of the European Union.
  • The government said it would review the EU ban on imperial units and legislate “in due course”.
  • The EU-imposed metric system has “long been a flashpoint for anti-EU activists,” i news said.

The UK is considering reverting to the imperial system, the system of weights and measures that uses pounds and ounces, as part of its effort to “capitalize on Brexit freedoms”, according to the UK government.

In a statement released on Thursday, the UK said thousands of European Union laws that the UK retained after Brexit “will be reviewed by the government to ensure they help the UK to thrive as a modern, dynamic and independent country and to foster innovation in the UK economy.

The announcement says the government will consider laws that impact technology, transport and agriculture. He also said he would “review the EU ban on markings and sales in imperial units and legislate in due course, which was not possible within the EU.”

As part of the EU, supermarkets in the UK were required to list fruit and vegetable measurements in the metric system, such as grams and kilograms, from 1994. However, the EU allowed the Britain to use imperial measurements alongside the metric system, according to the New York. Time.

Most of the world uses the metric system of weights and measures. The United States uses the imperial system.

Britain’s i news newspaper said the EU-imposed metric system had “long been a flashpoint for anti-EU campaigners”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson campaigned on a promise to return to the imperial system, saying the change in 2019 would be part of “an era of generosity and tolerance for traditional measures”, according to The Week.

With Thursday’s announcement, David Frost, the UK’s Brexit chief, said “heavy-handed regulations are often designed and agreed in Brussels without regard to the UK’s national interest”, i reported. news.

“We now have the opportunity to do things differently and ensure that Brexit freedoms are used to help businesses and citizens grow and succeed,” Frost said.

Critics said the changes to these rules seemed insignificant given the difficulties faced by companies in filling vacancies, due “in part because of the exodus of immigrants from the European Union since the vote to leave the bloc. “, reported the New York Times.

Other changes to return to the pre-EU era were also celebrated by the pro-Brexit crowd, including the UK’s return to blue colored passports last year, replacing the burgundy color used by countries in the EU.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said at the time that the blue passport “would once again be linked to our national identity”, the BBC reported.


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