Pint and mile measures preserved for British businesses

The British Government this year 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.

Lord Drayson, the Science and Innovation minister, 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.”

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



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