For many it is mainly a symbolic policy, but for Prime Minister Boris Johnson it is a matter of weight. It will be announced next week According to the British media It indicates that the old imperial standard system is once again becoming the norm in the United Kingdom.
The British use a combination of their own system of measurement, which is also used by the United States, and the metric system, which is used by most of the world. For example, they measure distance in feet and miles, and drink in pints. The metric system contains meters, liters and grams.
Over the years, the British have voluntarily switched to the metric system for many things. Since 2000, it has also been mandatory in the UK for retailers to use metric units for goods sold by weight. pounds or pounds by weight And ounce It became kilograms and grams. It was not forbidden to add British units of measure, but metric units became mandatory.
the reason? EU regulations. This has deeply affected the minds of Brexit-loving Brits for some time. In 2019, Johnson did indeed give Brexit supporters new hope by promising to give the imperial system space again. Measurement in pounds and ounces is an “ancient freedom” and a “new era of generosity and tolerance” that will usher in one’s own system of measurement.
That era seems to start on Friday, coinciding with the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth’s 70th anniversary (like the rest of the world, the British measure time in years). This past February was the actual anniversary, but there are celebrations throughout the year. Highlight from June 2-5: An extra long weekend to party.
Shopkeepers would once again be completely free to sell someone, say, ten pounds of cheese and grits, instead of kilograms. Incidentally, the weights may also continue to indicate the measurement. So the British can continue to measure with double standards.
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