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Another regulation from the unelected EU rolls over our Sovereignty…
Source: Daily Mail
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.
The decision was buried deep within the small print of EU directive 80/181/EEC on agriculture and fisheries and revealed by the Tories.
‘This is this kind of pointless interference into the nooks and crannies of our national life that frustrates people about the EU,’ said shadow Europe minister Mark Francois.
‘Whether we use hectares or acres should be a matter for Britain to decide, not the EU.
‘Once again this weak Labour Government has meekly given up yet another of Britain’s rights to Brussels.
‘They need to think again and insist that we must keep our right to use our ancient traditional measure of land if we wish.’
Successive British governments have been under pressure from Brussels to announce a date for phasing out imperial measures altogether, with the latest deadline set for 2009.
Last year, however, the European Commission and Parliament announced that it would no longer be seeking their extinction.
It followed campaigns by Britons dubbed ‘Metric Martyrs’ who have fought for years to stop the march of new measurements from Europe.
In 2001, Sunderland market trader Steve Thoburn was convicted of selling bananas by the pound.
He died in March 2004, aged 39, just days after learning his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights had been rejected.
But the move consigning the acre to history – rubber stamped by Jonathan Shaw, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs – will alarm those who believe many eurocrats are still intent on forcing Britain to swap the pint for the litre, ounce for the gram and mile for kilometre.
Neil Herron, campaign director of the Metric Martyrs Defence Fund, told the Mail: ‘This is what happens when you allow yourself to be ruled from Brussels. We are being governed by people we cannot remove from power and have a weakened Parliament in Westminster.
‘The acre is an instantly recognisable unit to Britons. How is the farming industry going to cope? They will all still talk in acres so this is just meaningless.’
An acre is equal to 4,840 square yards or 43,560 square feet. A hectare is more than twice the size at about 107,639 square feet.
The first law setting out an exact statutory size for the acre was passed under Edward I’s reign between 1272 and 1307. The word is derived from the Latin ‘ager’, from which we also have words like agriculture.
Public consultations launched by the commission, which confirmed that allowing imperial measures to be used alongside metric measures would not disrupt trade and commerce – and would help to counter anti-EU sentiments.
But loose goods still have to be sold in metric quantities, with imperial measures only allowed to be displayed alongside, rather than instead of, them.
No one from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was available for comment.
My emphasis. Every single Directive, Rule and Law that Brussels passes can affect British people and British life. This obviously means we are no longer a sovereign entity. Treason has been committed! TREASON! Why cannot people see the sinister implications of being ruled from abroad? Why should we? Magna Carta has served individual rights and freedoms for 800 years, the Bill of Rights for 350 years.
Why do people believe there is nothing wrong with being ruled by an foreign, unelected, unaccountable Communist/ Socialist Dictatorship modelled on the USSR? People are constantly moaning about silly rules and consequences in Britain which are the direct results of directives passed in Brussels. All done without your consent or advice. YOU ARE NOT FREE. DOESN’T THAT BOTHER YOU?
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