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“The Government must fully assess the implications for the UK if the EU goes ahead with proposals to end seasonal clock changes. The public and affected stakeholders, such as the aviation industry, should be consulted as part of this assessment”.
This is one of the main conclusions of the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee’s report, Clock changes: is it time for change?, recently published.
The report also concluded that aligning with the EU on clock changes could have negative consequences for people and businesses in Northern Ireland, and could have repercussions for UK businesses trading with the EU. However, aligning with the EU and ending clock changes could negatively affect the daily lives of other UK citizens, particularly in Scotland and the north of England. Considerably more evidence, for example on the road safety implications, would be needed for the Government to decide on such a complex matter as the country’s time arrangements.
Commenting on the report, Baroness Donaghy, Chair of the EU Internal Market Sub-Committee, said:
“So far the Government has stuck its head in the sand on the EU Commission’s proposal, hoping that it goes away. However, if it doesn’t, we could be caught unaware and unprepared to make a decision, leaving the island of Ireland with two time zones at different times of the year and causing difficulties for people and businesses in Northern Ireland.
“This is a complex issue with a range of consequences for different industries and people in the United Kingdom. If the UK chose to align itself with the EU, it would need to decide which permanent time zone it should adopt. Before making a final decision, the Government must fully examine the implications of aligning or non-aligning with the EU, look at and where necessary commission relevant research and give the public and other stakeholders an opportunity to have their say.”
Other findings and conclusions of this report include:
The report, Clock changes: is it time for change?, will be available on the Committee’s website shortly after publication.
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