UK: Comments by the British Weights and Measures Association on the Metric Martyrs' appeal
20-22 November 2001 Royal Courts Justice, London - Five traders, the "Metric Martyrs", previously convicted of selling goods in imperial measures (lbs and oz) appealed against their convictions in the High Court in London. The heart of their appeal was that the 1985 Weights and Measures Act was still in force and gave equal legal status to metric and imperial measures in trade. The prosecution argument is that that Act was amended by government ministers using administrative orders in 1994, thereby abolishing our system of measures. This to comply with European Community directives. The ministers claimed the power to overturn an Act of Parliament (the 1985 Weights and Measures Act) derived from the 1972 European Communities Act, the Act of Britain's accession to the European Common Market.
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