Downing Street is reportedly hoping the move could bolster support in Brexit constituencies
The Prime Minister is expected to announce on Friday (3 June) – to coincide with the Queen’s platinum jubilee – that shops will be able to sell goods in pounds and ounces, according to the Sunday Mirror.
Here we take a look at Mr Johnson’s plans, what the current rules are and why this change is being introduced.
What is Boris Johnson’s imperial survey plan?
The British government will open a consultation on how imperial units of measurement can be further integrated in Britain, the Press Association reports.
However, according to reports, this will not lead to a departure from the metric system.
The consultation, coordinated by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, aims to consider where it makes sense to switch to imperial units of measurement – like feet and yards and pints and gallons.
Traders can then likely choose which ones to use.
What are the current rules for measurements?
The United Kingdom currently uses a mix of imperial and metric measurements.
Speed limits are in miles per hour, not kilometers, and milk and beer are bought by the pint.
However, food packaging in supermarkets is primarily made up of grams, while most soft drinks and other liquids on store shelves are sold in litres.
In 2000, the EU Weights and Measures Directive came into force, meaning traders were legally required to use metric units for sales by weight, or the unit of measurement for fresh produce.
Some shopkeepers were initially prosecuted for failing to comply with the new rules, leading to them being dubbed “metric martyrs” by the press.
A looser interpretation of the directive was later introduced.
It remains legal to price goods in pounds and ounces, but they must be displayed in grams and kilograms alongside the price.
Why will Boris Johnson make this change?
The Sunday Mirror claims Downing Street hopes the move could bolster support in leave-voting areas.
Importance of imperial measurements
The imperial system of measurement includes pounds, ounces, feet, pints, yards, and miles.
The system replaced the Winchester standards first introduced in Britain in the 16th century.
It came into effect throughout the British Empire in 1826. However, most of these nations later adopted the metric system.
The metric system includes units of measurement such as centimeters, meters, kilometers, grams, kilograms, milliliters, and liters.
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