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Boris Johnson brings back the crown symbol to our pint glasses for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Well done Madam! Boris Johnson brings back the crown symbol to our pint glasses for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – 18 years after the EU ordered us to remove them

  • The government has launched a consultation on the general ban on imperial measures
  • From Friday pubs will be able to sell pints in glasses bearing the crown symbol
  • This is the first time since 2004, when the European Measuring Instruments Directive required the use of the EU-wide “CE mark” to demonstrate compliance with EU rules.

Pint glasses will be adorned with a crown for the first time in nearly 20 years after ministers scrapped EU rules banning the patriotic symbol.

As the country prepares for a bank holiday long weekend to mark 70 years of the Queen’s reign, the government has launched a consultation on lifting the ban on imperial measures – meaning shops could again be authorized to sell products in pounds and ounces.

Last night the decision to reintroduce the Crown – which first appeared in 1699 during the reign of William III – was hailed by Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg as “a very fitting symbol of the how the queen’s kingdom is returned to her people now”. that they have been freed from the bureaucratic overlord of Brussels”.

From Friday, pubs will be able to sell pints in glasses bearing the symbol for the first time since the EU’s 2004 Measuring Instruments Directive required the use of EU-wide ‘CE marking’ to demonstrate compliance with EU rules.

A government source said last night that the legal requirement to use the CE mark led to the effective removal of the crown symbol as the UK ‘could not have two competing indications of conformity’.

Boris Johnson has been determined to demonstrate a ‘Brexit dividend’ for voters since he ushered us out of the EU – and is also keen to exploit a political ‘bunting bounce’ after being beaten by critics on the Partygate and leaders plotting against it by rebel MPs.

Ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, pint glasses will feature a crown for the first time in nearly 20 years after ministers scrapped EU rules banning the patriotic symbol

Reviving imperial measures could also help the prime minister win support from pro-Brexit seats, which will be vital in the upcoming general election. In other Jubilee developments:

The Mail on Sunday can reveal the Queen will make two appearances on the balcony of Buckingham Palace despite her continuing mobility difficulties;

  • Meghan Markle’s father Thomas paid tribute to Her Majesty as he left hospital after being treated for a stroke;
  • Prince William performed at a dress rehearsal for Trooping the Color as he rode a horse named George;
  • A new poll has found the Queen has an 86 per cent public approval rating, with more than two-thirds of Britons wanting the country to remain a monarchy.

Pint glasses were first marked with a crown over 300 years ago to reassure wary customers that they weren’t being tricked by unscrupulous owners trying to serve drinks in glasses too small.

The government will issue guidelines this week approving the use of the symbol by businesses and will also launch a consultation on removing the legal requirement to use metric units for all business purposes, with limited exceptions. Currently, imperial units are only allowed to be used on their own in a small number of cases, such as draft beer and cider sales.

A government source said: ‘We Brits measure our walks in miles and our beer and milk by the pint. Nobody knows what a four and a half pound baby looks like, but we all know that a ten pound baby is a huge one.

“It’s time we held our heads up high on our long history of traditional metrics.

“And what better way to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee than by restoring the Crown emblem to the side of the pint glasses so we can toast her health and her service to this country.”

The move was welcomed by Tory MP Sir John Hayes, the leader of the Common Sense Group.

‘This is great news. Now that we are free from the clutches of the European Union, we can realize once again our proud history and our confident future,” he said.

“Symbols of identity are very important in this business. So let’s mark Britannia and the crown and other symbols of our kingdom everywhere. It’s a fitting tribute. It’s so uplifting and comforting.

“Let’s make Britain a patriotic flag waving country again and a tribute to Her Majesty’s dedicated service to our nation. It is the construction of our glorious past towards our even more glorious future.

Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith added last night: ‘I can’t wait to raise a beer wreath to toast Her Majesty’s Jubilee.

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