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The British Parliament could save £80,000 if it stopped writing laws on parchment

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The UK spends £35 ($45) on each sheet of the fine calfskin paper used to record acts in the House of Commons, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Some parliamentarians want the House of Commons to start using normal paper 📃, that costs only £0.16 ($0.21) per sheet. The change would save some £80,000 per year.

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The change is especially important as the UK 🇬🇧 prepares to review and reprint many of its laws, as it leaves the EU 🇪🇺.

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But traditionalists are angry with the idea. They were already disappointed when clerks stopped wearing wigs 💇🏼‍♂️ and the speaker started wearing a suit 🤵🏻.

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Compared to the US 🇺🇸, they are almost 100 years late. The American government made the change from parchment to paper in 1920.

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