Great Britain: “Crown stamp” back on beer glass

Status: 17.09.2021 at 12:16 PM.

In Great Britain, only the old weights and measures may soon be re-used – the “crown stamp” is also allowed again. Brexit supporters cheer, critics nod.

From Old to New: As a result of Brexit, Great Britain repealed many EU regulations thus paving the way for the return of goods labeled with pounds and ounces. The newspaper “The Times” reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government announced that it would reintroduce the imperial system of weights and measures. This means that in the future shops will only be able to label their goods in pounds and ounces – under EU rules this was only allowed if the weight was also specified in kilograms.

While Brexit supporters were a thorn in the side of the ban, they are now celebrating the return of English traditions. Now the royal crown is also allowed to be printed on pint glasses. As the “crown stamp”, the emblem indicated the true standard size of ships for centuries. European Union regulations were introduced in 2007, which the then EU member Great Britain had to follow, replacing the crown with the same CE mark.

Critics fear a lot of confusion

The return of the old names and symbols is seen as a protest move to separate itself from the European Union. Rigorous EU rules ignoring British traditions were an important argument for Brexit supporters in the emotional debate about leaving the EU. Johnson had announced that Britain would regain its sovereignty with Brexit.

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Critics emphasize that a return to the old system is likely to cause much confusion: almost all Britons who are under 40 are no longer accustomed to counting in pounds and ounces. On the other hand, distances were always given in miles instead of kilometers, even in European Union times.

There is a long history of controversy over the units of measurement: many consider an early sign of Brexit to be the case of grocer Steven Thoburn, who in 2001 fined a banana of 34 pence (today 40 cents) for failing to express it in kilograms. Imposed. As Johnson, editor-in-chief of the conservative weekly Spectator, wrote at the time, “why are we forcing the British to use Napoleon’s measure, when the imperial system in America, the world’s most successful economy, survives and flourishes.” Is.”

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