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EU allows pints and miles to stay on in metric world


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but the acre is going

The European parliament on Tuesday 16 Dec 2008 saved the pint and mile from EU extinction, saving British and Irish drinkers from having to order half litres or drive at under 110 kilometres per hour.
Under the measure, agreed without a vote at a second reading in the Strasbourg chamber, traders will also be able to display imperial and metric measurements side by side in shops and elsewhere.

Selling land by the acre to be banned by EU

Selling land by the acre to be banned under new EU ruling

People in Britain will lose the right to sell land in acres under a new Brussels ruling nodded through by the Government. In a low-key meeting, a junior minister agreed last week to abolish the ancient imperial measurement and replace it with the metric equivalent 'hectare' from 2010. The UK previously had an opt-out, technically known as a 'derogation', from the EU's use of some metric measurements, which allowed the continued use of acres for the pruposes of land registration. But from January 1, 2010, the unit, which dates back to the 13th century, will be banned.

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