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Uk May Be Forced To Scrap Daylight Saving Time Post-Brexit, Lords Warn

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The EU is planning to scrap the annual hour change in April 2019, a month after Brexit.

According to the EU, the proposal was agreed upon because the time change has a negative impact on people’s sleep, damages their health as well as inhibits productivity at work.

The decision comes as Britain is preparing to turn the clocks back an hour on Sunday.

If the UK follows the EU’s plan, it would be the last time the clock change occurs.

The UK had originally considered ending daylight saving time in 2011 under David Cameron, but the idea was quickly laid to rest after it was not supported by the Scottish Government.

Because of this, the then London Mayor Boris Johnson accused the Scottish of preferring to throw away an extra £720million in income so they could “stay in bed for an extra hour”.

According to the Lords’ EU Internal Market Committee, this debate will be heading back to the top of the agenda due to the EU plan.

According to the Lords’ report which was published today, the UK would have to choose between a “permanent summer” or a “permanent winter”.

However, the peers called on ministers to ignore the plan and argued that it would cause unnecessary disruption to the single market.

They also argued that the proposed plan violates the EU principle where the bloc should only be allowed to make changes that cannot be made by the individual member states.

European Commission President Jean-Clause Junker insists that the “people want this”, despite the Lords’ report pointing out that the majority of the feedback was from only three member states.

In addition, they not that 70 percent of the responses came from Germany and that individual governments did not contribute their views.

As of today, the EU changes the clock every March and October in order to prevent potential disruptions to trade and transport.

MEPs have continued to argue that the time change has an adverse effect on children and elderly people and that the change disrupts sleep schedules and has the potential to harm work productivity.

The European Commission adds that the effect on the “human biorhythm may be more severe than previously thought”.

(Express)

 





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