In its White Paper today (26 November 2013) the Scottish Government has tried to reassure nervous sceptics with a list of things that they hope a future independent Scotland would keep. Widely reported have been the Queen, the pound sterling , membership of the EU, membership of NATO (all these subject to negotiation), free travel to the rest of the British Isles, the BBC, Royal Mail (albeit renationalised). But there is one item in the list that has not attracted much attention …
The White Paper concludes with a list of questions, of which no. 108 reads as follows:
“Weights and Measures
108. Would Scotland develop its own legislation on weights and measures, and would this be metric or imperial?
The existing system will continue on independence.”
MetricViews takes no view on whether Scots would be wise to vote for independence from the UK. Some Scottish supporters of completing metrication may have been considering voting for independence in the hope that an independent Scotland might escape from the “very British mess” of trying to operate two incompatible systems of measurement at the same time. However, it appears from the White Paper that such hopes would be unfounded.