Brexit: UK pushing ‘politicisation of the issue’ says Zuleeg
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According to reports, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce a return to imperial measurement. The plan comes as the Queen gets ready to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, and as Mr Johnson comes under more pressure for Partygate scandals. A Cabinet source told the Mirror: “As the British people have been happy to use both imperial and metric measurements in their daily life it is good for the government to reflect that now we are free to change our regulations accordingly.”
Since 1995, goods sold in Europe have had to display metric weights and measurements.
And since 2000 when the EU’s weights and measures directive came into force, traders have been legally required to use metric units for the sale by weight or measure of fresh produce, which Brexiteers have long claimed is an intrusion on British life.
While it is still legal to price goods in pounds and ounces, these have to be displayed alongside the price in grams and kilograms.
So should the Prime Minister bring back imperial measurements? Let us know in the comments and vote in the poll.
The Prime Minister has promised to bring back imperial measurements since he was campaigning during the 2019 election.
He claimed that measuring in pounds and ounces was an “ancient liberty” as he heralded a “new era of generosity and tolerance” towards traditional measurements.
Mr Johnson isn’t the only man passionate about the policy in the Conservative Party.
Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency, Jacob Rees-Mogg, ordered his staff to use imperial measures and double spacing in a leaked memo, reported in 2019.
His new list of rules for staff, revealed by ITV, also included banned words and phrases such as “hopefully”, “very”, “due to” and “equal”, as well as “yourself”, “ongoing” and “unacceptable”.
Only three other countries, the US, Myanmar and Liberia, use the imperial system on a daily basis.
Mr Johnson’s plan hasn’t come without critics, however.
Fellow Conservative MP, Tobias Ellwood, has hit out at the Prime Minister on Twitter.
He tweeted today: “I see the Dead Cat Committee has met again” – insinuating that Mr Johnson is merely putting forward the policy to distract from Partygate.
Mr Ellwood has already called on Mr Johnson to resign, saying: “I have made my position very clear to the prime minister: he does not have my support.
“A question I humbly put to my colleagues is: are you willing, day in day out, to defend this behaviour publicly?
“Can we continue to govern without distraction, given the erosion of the trust of the British people? And can we win a general election on this trajectory?”
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Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds criticised the Government’s plan to bring back imperial measurements.
He said that Mr Johnson should instead focus on the cost of living crisis.
He said: “Small businesses can measure the difference a Labour government would make in pounds and pence with our plan to cut taxes for pubs, cafes, and shops.
“The Government should get on with tackling the cost of living and cutting costs for businesses. Labour backs British firms and will make Brexit work for them and consumers.”
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