The government has published plans to return to an era of imperial measurements and crown symbols on pints. The post-Brexit consultation promises to “restore common sense” in the lawbook by abandoning “authoritarian European rules”.
To coincide with the Platinum Jubilee, companies may request that the crown symbol be printed on pint glasses. As early as 1698, British pint glasses intended for measuring and serving beer were marked with a crown stamp as a declaration that the glass, when filled to the brim or to a measuring line, accurately measured a pint of beer.
The crown stamp assured customers that they were not being sold a small measure of beer. The symbol was replaced by the EU-wide ‘CE’ marking in 2006 to comply with EU rules in the UK.
Business Secretary Paul Scully said: “This Platinum Jubilee weekend we raise a toast to the health and service of Her Majesty The Queen to this country. It is a fitting tribute that we are helping now companies to restore the Crown symbol on beer glasses.
“While we think about our fruit and vegetables by the pound, the legacy of EU rules means we must legally sell them by the kilo. Our consultation today will help stores serve customers the way they do. wish.”
The consultation will ask for advice on the possibility of selling vegetables in pounds only, or in pounds with a lesser metric equivalent, if companies so wish. This will help inform the government’s plans to legislate to give companies choice in the units they use. There are no plans to force companies to change their existing practices.