EU ‘hangover’ to be cured by pint-sized bottles of sparkling wine set to become UK legal


Pint-sized bottles of sparkling wine are set to become legal again in the UK as ministers prepare to remove an EU ban introduced in 1973.

Before the UK joined what would later become the European Union in 1973, it was claimed that 60% of all champagne sold in the country was in Imperial pint-sized bottles.

Winston Churchill favored the pint of champagne as the “ideal size”, declaring it “enough for two at lunch and one at dinner”.

However, after joining the Common Market, the UK was forced to adopt Brussels’ existing ban on the pint bottle – along with other uses of imperial measures.

According to The Telegraph, the government has included lifting the ban on its list of unwanted EU laws that lingered in UK law after Brexit.

The ongoing review of EU ‘hangover’ laws was picked up by Foreign Minister Liz Truss after Brexit Minister Lord Frost resigned last week.

It is hoped that pint bottles of sparkling wine could become legal again as early as next year.

A government source told The Telegraph on Thursday evening: “The pint-sized bottles fell victim to the EU’s war on imperial measures, which are widely used and understood in this country.

“Now that we have left the EU, we can get rid of such rules. Work is underway within government to make this change happen.

It is hoped that pint bottles of sparkling wine can become legal again as early as next year.

Brexiteer MPs also welcomed signals that the government is preparing to lift the EU ban, suggesting pint bottles of English wine would have a marketing advantage and could become a bestseller around the world and in the country.

Mark Francois, chairman of the European research group, told The Telegraph that “if you are optimistic you go through life believing the glass is half full rather than half empty”, but urged ministers to allow British winemakers to go “one step further” and offer to fill the pint glass to the brim with sparkling wine.

The development is also well received by Rathfinny Estate, which produces sparkling wine in Sussex and has deposited 800 pint-sized bottles following the vote in the UK, which had campaigned for the return of the ‘ modern pint ”long before Brexit.

Rathfinny hopes to release this batch of his Classic Cuvée at the end of next year if the ban is lifted in time.


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