CAMPAIGNERS against EU plans to abolish imperial measures have claimed a victory for pounds and ounces.
A deadline of 2009 had been set for metric measures to replace Britain's traditional imperial measures but that has been shelved following a change of heart at the European Commission.
Both the Conservative Party and the Metric Martyrs campaign group say they have won the battle to keep Britain imperial and Conservative industry spokesman, Giles Chichester MEP, said that he had received confirmation from the European Commission's Industry Commissioner Gunther Verheugen that dual marking of goods in imperial and metric will "continue indefinitely".
He said that following lobbying by the Conservatives, Mr Verheugen agreed that it was good news for British and European industry to keep imperial measurements as it would make it easier for firms to sell in the USA.
Mr Chichester said: "After saving the crown on the British pint, I am happy the Conservatives have persuaded the Commission that it is good not only for international business but for the British people that traditional measurements are kept. I just hope there won't be any more need for Metric Martyrs and that the Government will avoid forcing metrication down the public's throat."