Post-Brexit review, metric measurement rules to stay

Post-Brexit review, metric measurement rules to stay

Post-Brexit review, metric measurement rules to stay

The government has verified that it has no intention of modifying the regulations governing the sale of imperial measures following Brexit.

Ministers considered amending EU-inherited regulations that restrict the use of the traditional British weighing system to merchants in conjunction with the metric system.

After nearly 99 percent of respondents to an official consultation said they were satisfied with kilogrammes and litres, they have since decided against doing so. However, adjustments are imminent regarding wine sold in stores following Brexit.

Legislation to be introduced in the new year will for the first time permit the sale of still and effervescent wine in 568ml “pint-sized” bottles. Additionally, the implementation will enable the sale of still wine in 200ml containers, which may facilitate the growth of the tinned wine industry.

As a result to EU regulations, imperial units (e.g., pounds and ounces) could only be displayed alongside metric units, and they could not have been more conspicuous.

They gained significant media attention in 2001 subsequent to the prosecution of the “metric martyrs,” a collective of market traders found guilty of exclusively selling products in imperial units; however, subsequent enforcement did not adhere to them rigorously.

Boris Johnson’s administration subsequently declared that the regulations, which were initially replicated post-Brexit, would be reassessed in an effort to “capitalise on the benefits of Brexit.”

Prior to the 2019 election, the then-prime minister vowed to alter the regulations, referring to imperial measurements as a “ancient liberty” and adding that he saw “no reason why individuals should be prosecuted” for employing them.

In contrast, the government has now declared that it will not alter the regulations, despite the fact that 98.7% of consultation respondents supported using the metric as the primary or only unit of measurement for sales, as it is at present. However, in an effort to provide customers with a greater variety of choices, improvements have been made to regulations that the United Kingdom has adopted from the European Union regarding the manner in which wine is sold in retail stores and supermarkets.

Sparkling wines will be able to be sold in bottles with a capacity of 500 millilitres, which is a size that falls between the conventional full (750 millilitres) and half (375 millilitres) bottles.

Still wine will also be permitted to be sold in a new container size of 200 millilitres, which will add to the range of smaller sizes that are permitted. This may be a response to the demand from producers to sell a wider variety of canned wines. Alongside the 500-milliliter bottle size, the government also announced that it will be introducing a new “pint-sized” bottle size for sparkling wine measured at 568 millilitres.

Champagne bottles that were the size of a pint were rumoured to have been Sir Winston Churchill’s preferred size during the war in the United Kingdom. The return of these bottles has previously attracted the attention of a few periodicals.

In spite of this, the new sizes will only be applicable to wine that is sold in stores located in the United Kingdom. It is currently unknown how much demand there will be for wine bottles that are the size of a pint among retailers and producers.