The EU is giving up the hopeless task of turning the British into understanding the metric system
Well, let's not jump to conclusions. It said that the imperial system will be allowed as an additional system. Imperial only will still be illegal but the deadline of scrapping all imperial units has been abolished.
You in Ireland are also more familiar with the imperial system, so how is the situation regarding weights and measurements in your country? I personally understand both systems, therefore I don't understand the attitude of some people who simply refuse to understand a sytem they are not familiar with.
The fact is that as long as the US uses the imperial system(or their version of it, rather) there will never be a complete breakthrough of metrication.