British Traders Want To Abandon Metric, Use Pounds And Ounces

Fruit and vegetables are displayed at Bolton Market as figures for the Uk inflation rate show that it continues to slow on August 17, 2010 in Bolton, United Kingdom. The UK inflation rate dropped slightly from 3.2% in July to 3.1%. The Office for National Statistics also stated that the Retail Price Index in June was down to 4.8% from 5%.
Grocers and butchers across Britain are demanding the right to go back to using traditional British units of measurement after Brexit. The British Weights and Measures Association (BWMA) says an increasing number of traders want to ditch metric measurements such as kilograms and return to pounds and ounces, which were officially abandoned in 2000 thanks to European Union (EU) regulations. Currently, British traders are allowed to display traditional measurements but they must be accompanied by their metric equivalents, and all transactions must officially be conducted in metric. Now campaigners want to change the law to allow shops to choose which measurements they want to use. Traditional British measurements are similar to US customary units, although with some significant differences. They are commonly known as “imperial” measurements as they were standardised in 1824 for use across the British Empire. The British people have proved resistant to attempts at metrification over the past six decades, with road distances still officially measured in miles and yards, and draught beer and cider still legally sold by the pint. Although state schools only teach metric units, many people still use feet and inches to measure height and stones and pounds for body weight. The metric