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The EU Just Scrapped Winter And Summer Clock Changes

The EU Just Scrapped Winter And Summer Clock Changes

The European Parliament have backed plans to end winter and summer clock changes, giving countries the option on whether they want to stock to summer time or winter time permanently.

Despite UK currently being in the process of leaving the European Union, it's believed we'll probably follow suit, after government documents released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed the UK is likely to stay on British Summer Time (BST) all year.

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The Republic of Ireland will also have the choice, and depending on which time zone they go for, the island of Ireland could potentially have two different time zones - although it's unlikely.

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What would complicate things even more would be if the UK continued changing the clocks twice a year, meaning there would be two time zones in Ireland for six months a year.

According to Errol Tayler, chief executive of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the UK sticking with BST could stop an 'early curfew' for old aged pensioners.

Four-point-six million EU residents responded to a consultation on the plans, with 84 per cent of those voting in favour of abolishing the bi-annual switch.

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In Poland and Finland, 95 per cent of people voted in favour of keeping a continuous time throughout the year, while less than half of those asked in Greece, Cyprus and Malta wanted to get rid of the dual time system.

The European countries that choose to keep the summer time will need to make their final clock change on the last Sunday of March 2021, while those who opt to keep the winter time should make their final change on the last Sunday of October 2021.

The plans were originally supposed to come into play in 2019, but MEPs voted to postpone it until a later date.

Marita Ulvskog, the Swedish MEP who played an instrumental role in changing the law, said: "We are listening to the demand of EU citizens who feel that this bi-annual change of time damages their health.

"Studies have shown that there is no significant saving of energy either by changing or not changing the time, so the health concern of children, elderly and ill people is enough for us to demand the abolition of the time change.

"But we cannot allow for a patch work of different times to exist in the EU, so we expect member states to coordinate their decision."

It is not yet known when European countries will be given the choice on which time zone they wish to stay in.

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Topics: News, Life News, Real, brexit

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on emma.rosemurgey@pretty52.com

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