Thursday 23 November 2017

New rules preserve pint and mile

New powers to preserve imperial units like pint and mile have come into force
New powers to preserve imperial units like pint and mile have come into force

New powers which the Government said will preserve the pint measure as well as the mile for British business have come into force.

Ministers said their "success" in Europe meant that British firms could carry on using imperial units alongside metric measurements.

The Government has negotiated an indefinite exemption from EU laws which would have forced companies to produce separate metric and imperial labels for different markets.

The change also means the UK alone can decide on the future of the pint of beer, cider and milk, the mile on road signs and the troy ounce for precious metals.

Science and Innovation minister Lord Drayson said: "As we enter a new decade it's good to know that traditional imperial measurements like the pint and mile will remain.

"But importantly this also means that businesses will avoid the unnecessary cost of changing labels. This indefinite exemption leaves these important decisions in our own hands, removing worry and uncertainty from businesses."

Press Association

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