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Revealed: Studies Show a Direct Correlation Between Imperial Measurement Users and ‘Leave’ Votes for Brexit

Revealed: Studies Show a Direct Correlation Between Imperial Measurement Users and ‘Leave’ Votes for Brexit

  • Published: 31st May 2022, 16:36

As Boris “Get Brexit Done” Johnson pledges to re-introduce the imperial system in what he says is a way to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, MoneyTransfers.com has compared data to reveal that the move is directly aimed at getting Brexit voters back on his side following the “Partygate” fall out earlier this year.

Young people most comfortable with using the metric system

YouGov released data earlier this year which found that just 18% of people aged 60 – 69 and 12% aged 70+ would describe a short distance using the metric system. In sheer contrast, 74% of respondents aged 18 – 29 would use the metric system, as would the majority of 30 – 39 year olds (71%) and 40 – 49 year olds (61%).

This steady correlation between age and the metric system could be seen across the survey, with 81% of 18 – 29 year olds surveyed describing the weight of something in kilograms as opposed to just 21% of 60 – 69 year olds and 22% of 70+s. 

Brexiters loyal to the imperial system

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this data has an almost direct correlation with the results of the 2017 Brexit referendum.

In that, once again, the young and the old were hugely divided. 64% of over 65s voted to leave the European Union, while 71% of under-25s – the same age group most comfortable with using the European metric system – voted to remain. 

It is said that there is growing unease amongst tory MPs that the party will lose a drastic number of seats as a result of the partygate scandal in which it was revealed that Downing Street hosted parties during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

It therefore seems only more than likely that this latest stunt from the Prime Minister is a desperate distraction attempt to draw in support from Brexiters, as opposed to any genuine wish to deliver “culture” back into shops. 

Data Sourced from YouGov:

How Britain Voted at the EU Referendum:

AgeRemainLeave
Under-25s71%29%
24 to 4954%46%
50 – 6440%60%
over-65s36%64%

Metric or imperial: what measures do Britons use?

Age Groups% that would describe a short distance using the metric system% that would describe an item’s weight in KG?
18-2971%81%
30-3974%71%
40-4961%53%
50-5940%36%
60-6918%21%
70+12%22%



Yasmin Purnell

Yasmin Purnell is a Content Writer and Editor for MoneyTransfers.com. Having over 5 years’ experience writing across a range of industries including finance, insurance, and travel, Yasmin joined the team with a mission to make international money transfers and everything they encompass accessible to all.