Brexit: UK 'wanted to be in charge' says Widdecombe
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Currently, the only products that can be sold in imperial units are draught beer or cider by pint; milk in “returnable containers” by pint; and precious metals by troy ounce. Shipley MP Philip Davies has urged the Government to allow goods to be sold in imperial measurements only.
Business minister Paul Scully said: “Now we have left the EU we will consider whether further limited exemptions can be applied for other traditional uses.”
But an Express.co.uk poll is asking: “Should Boris Johnson introduce imperial measurements now the UK is out of the EU?”
Warwick Cairns, spokesman for the British Weights & Measures Association, said people should be free to use whatever system of measurement they wanted.
He said: “If you go to the supermarket and you want a pound of bananas or a pound of apples or whatever you should be free to ask for it and to receive it.”
Mr Cairns said modern scales which can switch between imperial and metric measurements are now “completely commonplace”.
He looks forward to a renaissance of champagne being sold in pint bottles once again.
For campaigners such as Mr Cairns, imperial measures are a direct link with ancient history.
He said: “It’s, I think, a living connection with our past.
“A lot of these measures come from the Romans who in turn took them from other cultures before them.”
Sir Winston Churchill once described an imperial pint of champagne as “an ideal size for a man like me”.
The wartime Prime Minister said a half bottle was “insufficient to tease my brain” but described a pint of champagne as “enough for two at lunch and one at dinner”.
Anyone hoping Brexit will result in the elimination of the metric system in the UK will be disappointed.
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Business minister Mr Scully said: “The Government recognises that some people have a preference to use imperial units in their day to day lives.
“At the same time, it recognises that many others are not familiar with imperial units and that the use of metric is a necessity for British businesses to compete in markets around the world.”
This comes weeks after Oxford University announced plans to “decolonise” imperial measurements such as inch, mile, yard and pound in a new woke move.
This summer, undergraduates have been hired to conduct extensive research into how Oxford’s science curricula to make it ‘less tied’ to Britain’s past.
The students – along with scholars – will draw up plans for lecturers to implement recommendations.
It comes amid accusations the mile, inch, yard, pound and ounce are “tied deeply to the idea of the Empire”.
The change will advocate a “cultural shift” in teaching to allow Oxford students’ to ‘broaden their learning’.
The plans aim to help students understand the “global historical and social context to scientific research” as well as assessing “historical work revising older narratives of scientific progress”.
An Oxford spokesman said: “The university supports the diversifying STEM curriculum project, which is looking at how curricula might change to acknowledge questions of diversity and colonialism.
“We value the input of students into this work; all recommendations arising from the project will be referred to departments to consider next steps.”
According to The Telegraph, one curriculum addition to be considered is the “history of modern measurement, which is tied deeply to the idea of the ‘Empire’ and Imperial standardisation.”
The system of units were introduced in the 1824 British Weights and Measures Act, and by 1826 were widely adopted across the British Empire and Commonwealth.
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