British Government Wants to Bring Back Imperial Measurements
The UK government has released a 23-item list of things it will pursue now that it’s no longer part of the European Union. And one item in particular is raising quite a few eyebrows. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government says it wants to let retailers list goods solely in imperial measurements rather than metric.
Britain officially converted to the metric system in 1965, but just like the commonwealth countries of Canada and Australia, there’s still a mix of measurements—both metric and imperial—in everyday usage throughout the UK.
When the UK was part of the European bloc, EU rules meant that British retailers could only list imperial measurements as long as metric measurements were given as well. But Johnson wants to let stores list things in just feet and ounces again, rather than grams and liters.