The Prime Minister is set to make an announcement that could pave the way for increased use of Imperial Measures following the UK’s break with the European Union. According to the Sunday Mirror, Mr Johnson wants to make the announcement on Friday to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The newspaper said Downing Street hoped the move could bolster support in voting areas after Tory polls took a hit amid revelations about the anti-lockdown parties at No 10.
In a news report, Antonello Guerrera of Italian daily Repubblica wrote: “Ounces, pints and inches, London is stepping back in time after Brexit.
The European Weights and Measures Directive came into force in 2000, with traders legally required to use metric units when selling by weight or measuring fresh produce.
It is still legal to price goods in pounds and ounces, but they must be displayed alongside the price in grams and kilograms.
The move is part of a wider effort in Whitehall to review EU regulations that remain in UK law after Brexit.
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is supposed to coordinate the consultation.
Before a looser interpretation of the EU directive was introduced, some shop owners were prosecuted for failing to comply with Brussels stipulations, becoming known in the press as the “metric martyrs”.
The UK currently uses a mix of imperial and metric, with speed limits in miles per hour rather than kilometers, and milk and beer bought in pints.
Food packaging in supermarkets is mostly labeled in grams, while most soft drinks and other liquids on store shelves are sold in litres.
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Boris Johnson is reportedly seeking ways to appease potential Tory rebels as the partygate affair threatens to reignite over new rule-breaking allegations.
Allegations have surfaced that senior civil servant Sue Gray was told of a potential gathering in the Downing Street flat on the evening of the Prime Minister’s 56th birthday during her investigation into the No 10 and Whitehall Covid lockdown parties , but chose not to investigate.
The Cabinet Office said it seriously disputes the version of events as detailed in The Sunday Times, but Labor is demanding answers on whether a breach of the rules occurred.
It comes as the newspaper said the Prime Minister intended this year to repeal ‘dozens’ of European Union regulations that remain in UK law as he tries to convince wavering MPs that he’s still the right person to lead the country after the so-called partygate adventure.
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The move is understood to be part of an ongoing review of EU-retained legislation, coordinated by Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, which will feed into the Brexit Freedoms Bill.
In his article, Mr Guerrera wrote: ‘Johnson is in dire straits following the Partygate scandal of banned parties locked out in Downing Street, the polls are at an all-time high, the revolt of insurgent Tory MPs is growing which could carry the decisive blow to demand a non-vote of confidence against him.
“And then in a month there are two major by-elections in West Yorkshire and Devon, Brexiteer areas. So the Prime Minister wants to try and get consensus back that way, building on nationalist sentiment and his biggest success in politics so far, namely Brexit.
“Will that be enough to lift Boris’ fortunes? For days there have been rumors of yet another alcoholic and banned party locked out in Downing Street. Even that may be being hosted by his wife Carrie Symonds, after the surprise birthday party Johnson once attended But the important thing, anyway, is to drink. Patriotically, of course.