17/07/2019

Govt Urged To Oppose EU Proposal To End Seasonal Clock Changes

The government is set to oppose a move by the EU to end seasonal clock changes, according to reports.

The European Commission has asked all member states if they like to end the twice-yearly clock changes and move to permanent summer or winter time. It is understood that the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, will present two reasons to the Cabinet to reject the proposal.

According to RTÉ, Minister Flanagan will tell the government that if the change was adopted, the island of Ireland could end up with two different time zones – under the presumption of Brexit. He is also concerned that the change to see a "patchwork of time zones across the EU".

Currently time zones are established geographically, on an east to west basis.


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