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Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Davison said: “It is small mindedness and job worthlessness. It showed numpty officials wanting to justify their own over-stretched salaries.

“It was an utter disgrace and about stupid pettiness.

“The EU costs a huge amount of money, 20 times what it should do. I do not like the control.

“It is a horrendous bureaucracy and this highlighted the small mindedness of bureaucracy.”

Another Metric Martyr, Colin Hunt, was convicted in 2001 of six offences for failing to display a unit price per kilogram.  John Dove was convicted in 2001 and Peter Collins was prosecuted in 2000. 

 The Metric Martyr advocacy group gave help and funding to Mr Davison when he was in the court process.

The campaigners went to the European Court of Human rights claiming that banning them from using imperial measures was an infringement of their right to free speech. 

However, they were refused. Mr Davison, who is an accountant in Doncaster, said: “The feeling now is that we are not going to be dictated to.”

The technical offer for the UK Weighing Federation, Ian Turner, said: “There is no possible advantage for UK businesses of changing back.”

A spokesperson for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy would not commit to suggestion the law could be changed to allow for imperial measures in greengrocers following the vote to leave the EU.

They added: “Businesses can already use imperial units alongside metric, or on their own for draught beer and cider, bottled milk and road traffic signs. This is national legislation and there has been no change to the law since the referendum result.”

 

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