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Re: “EU forces Cadbury to axe its glass and a half slogan” (The Daily Mail, 29th September 2010)

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Letter to the Editor of The Daily Mail, sent 29th September 2010


Your headline “EU forces Cadbury to axe its glass and a half slogan” is completely inaccurate. EU measurement regulations have in no way, shape or form forced Cadbury to drop its famous phrase. Indeed, it is clear from Mr Poulter’s article that Cadbury have made this decision of their own volition but perhaps on poor advice.

Under EU legislation, imperial measurements in the UK are protected and can continue to be displayed indefinitely alongside their metric equivalent. The great British pound, pint, mile etc is here to stay.

Yours etc

David D’Arcy
European Commission Representation in the UK

Off target by a long shot

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Once again The Sun has got its measure wrong. Speculating on what it sees as renewed preference towards imperial, rather than metric measures (“Miles better”, 7 June 2010) the newspaper blames “Brussels” for a “drive to rob our country of her identity”. In fact, going metric is not the result of EU membership. The drive for alignment with global moves in this direction was started by a British government more than 40 years ago – in 1965, eight years before the United Kingdom joined the EU.

Brussels  only involvement is to ensure that EU legislation recognises the UK’s pint, mile and troy ounce for as long as the UK wishes to continue using them.

Acres outlawed by Brussels

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Rolling acres are outlawed by Brussels (The Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2008, p1)
The acre, one of Britain’s historic imperial measurements, is to be banned under a new European directive.  It will no longer be allowed in measurements when land is being registered and will be replaced by the hectare – 2.471 acres.

Acreshaker – EU meddlers sneak in a ban on our historic land measure (The Sun, 21 July 2008, p6 and p8)
EU chiefs have secretly BANNED Britain from using the acre – one of our oldest forms of measurement. Ministers killed it off when they put up no objection to a European Commission directive outlawing its use…… British farmers and estate agents will have to use the word “hectare” from January 1, 2010.

Now the EU is to ban the acre (Daily Express, 21 July 2008, p10 and p12)
The acre is set to be banned after the EU announced that Labour has agreed to the abolition of yet another part of the British way of life. The Government’s surrender – buried in the small print of an EU document last week – would also make it more likely that rules will be removed from road signs in favour of the kilometre.

After 800 years, the acre is history (Daily Mail, 22 July 2008, p17)
The use of an ancient British imperial measurement – the acre – is to be restricted under a new EU ruling.  It will no longer be allowed for land registration from 2010 and will be replaced by the metric equivalent, the hectare.

 Brussels, stay off our little patch of land (The Times, 22 July 2008, p24)
…. Brussels now insists that the acre is one anachronism too far.  From 2010, the word must no longer be mentioned.  From 2010, the word must no longer be mentioned.

Contrary to the “acres” of press coverage, the EU has not banned this unit of measurement.
Legislation being brought in to safeguard the use of the mile and the pint simply removes the exemption for the use of acres in land registry to reflect current UK practice.

The Land Registry has worked in hectares since 1995.

Hectares have also routinely been used for the past 20 years by the UK government in dealings with farmers.
Private landowners advertising the size of their land can continue to do so but must give the equivalent in hectares, as has been the case for more than a decade.

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Please note that all statements in all entries were correct on the date of publication given. However, older archived posts are not systematically updated in the light of later developments, for example changes to EU law.

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