The government has announced that British shops and kiosks will again sell only goods weighed in pounds and ounces, which was previously prohibited by the European Union. As the media reported on Friday, this ban sowed the seeds of Brexit years ago.
David Frost, Minister for Relations with the European Union, announced the restoration of imperialist measures on Thursday, speaking of a broader review of existing EU regulations and the elimination of unnecessary ones. In fact, the old scales can still be used, as long as they appear in kilograms, grams, or liters at the same time.
“Often over-regulation has been put in place and agreed upon in Brussels without the UK’s national interest in mind. We now have an opportunity to do things differently and make sure the freedoms of Brexit are used to help businesses and citizens succeed,” Frost said.
On Friday, a government spokesperson, responding to opposition allegations that the government had lost touch with reality while dealing with such matters now, stressed that the pound and the ounce are only a small part of the broader liberalization that will help the economy.
The return of imperialist measures is already symbolic, but the British media notes that from these seemingly secondary issues, the first time in Great Britain began to talk seriously about leaving the European Union. The Times and I on Friday summoned Sunderland store owner Stephen Thoburn, who was arrested and convicted in 2001 for violating the Weights and Measures Act, after undercover work inspectors purchased a batch of bananas from him for 34p and seized him using only conventional measures, not Standards imposed by the European Union.
He wrote: “In 2001, a Sunderland vegetable store owner may have done more than any other politician to steer Britain on the path to Brexit when he was found guilty of breaching EU laws prohibiting the sale of pounds and ounces of fruit and vegetables.” Times”.
As the newspaper reported, U.S. District Judge Bruce Morgan said at the time that “as long as a country remains a member of the European Union, the laws of that country are governed by the doctrine of the precedence of community law.” As he notes, the Thoburn affair sparked a broader debate among Brexit supporters, and Boris Johnson, editor of the conservative weekly newspaper The Spectator, now Prime Minister of Great Britain, was among those who chose it.
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