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metric martyr

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain)a shopkeeper or trader willing to be prosecuted for continuing to use only imperial measures as a protest against the perceived imposition of metric measures by the European Union
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Metric Martyrs campaign director and former fish monger Neil Herron said it was a monumental victory down to people power.
It supports the Metric Martyrs Defence Fund (contact Tel: +44-(0)191-565-7143) for traders persecuted for selling goods in customary units.
It supports the Metric Martyrs (contact Neil Herron Tel: +44(0)191 565 7143; +44(0)77762 02045) persecuted for selling goods in units that the majority of their customers want and understand.
FIVE market traders - the so-called metric martyrs - have lost their battle for the unfettered legal right to trade in pounds and ounces as the High Court ruled that European law "ranks supreme" in Britain.
FIVE market traders dubbed the metric martyrs were today learning whether they have won their High Court battle for the legal right to trade in pounds and ounces, despite directives from Europe.
FIVE market traders, the so-called metric martyrs, today lost their High Court battle for the legal right to trade in pounds and ounces.
Speaking to the Conservative conference, Mr Hague said the European Union Bill would ensure absolute clarity over the issue and make it impossible to argue in a British court that ultimate sovereignty had shifted to the EU - as was argued in the case of the so-called Metric Martyrs.
Similar cases have been successfully brought against metric martyrs in Cornwall, London and Surrey.
A change in the Government's attitude towards prosecuting businesses which do not follow the rules has meant the region's Metric Martyrs may finally see victory.
The Government is acting to end the hounding of traders - dubbed metric martyrs - who refuse to bow to EU laws and switch to grams and kilos.
The London Motorists' Action Group already fight tirelessly on issues common to drivers across the land, and are now working with Parking Appeals, run by the man who made a name for himself as one of the Metric Martyrs - Neil Herron.