Under an EU directive, the remaining 27 states now change to summer hours on the last Sunday of March and back into Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on the last Sunday of October — a pattern the UK follows.
But under a potential swap by Brussels to a “double summertime” agreement, Lords have warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s withdrawal arrangement could observe Northern Ireland legally qualified to be an hour ahead for six months every year.
This might mean the 1.8 million people living in the two counties would follow summer hours, even when those in Great Britain breeze their clocks back by 60 minutes from the fall.
Concerning quitting changes, or Heather Rolfe, head of research at Demos represented the UK-based think tank at the European Union committee on the EU internal market.
She said: “The proposal of the European Union is currently to ditch seasonal clock changes and so that every European country won’t change their time in order that they will then have to opt for a time to operate to all year round.
“Now, we’re out of the EU, we do not have to go along with it.
“But obviously, if we don’t, there could be complications, particularly for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland if we don’t change, and Ireland does alter this.
“Ireland will have one change throughout the year, if we change, half a year will presumably be in working with them. And the other half we will not.”
A YouGov survey found 44 percent of people in the United Kingdom in favor of continued to modify the clocks.
In 39 percent said that they ought to quit and 17 percent said they did not understand.
Dr Rolfe believes it is those.
She explained: “Therefore the consultations which were done, for example from the EU, sound overwhelming support for changing the clocks, but the problem is when you have a consultation, you get those who are really fired-up about the issue and the EU appointment had an extremely low response rate from the united kingdom at a very large response rate from Germany.
“It’s sort of split, but the vital issue is the 17 percent of people who do not understand, since it is one of those issues where some folks are very fired-up and feel it impacts them personally and don’t really consider the opinions or the preferences of different people.
“Some people have not given that much consideration.
“What is important actually is that the support for altering the clocks is a lot greater in Scotland than elsewhere, so there 56 percent of people think that the clock changes should last.”
What is beyond dispute is the Irish boundary issue is essential.
Dr Rolfe explained: “The real problem is Ireland since Ireland is clearly still a part of the EU and does not wish to be out of sync with the UK because it is going to make havoc with the boundary, given that a large number of men and women work and travel across boundaries and synchronizing occasions and so on will be very problematic.
“I really do think that it is time that we did contemplate whether we do want to change the clocks twice a year, and if we just want to stick to one and when we do want to adhere to one, then the evidence is that the majority of people would favor permanent summertime because they prefer lighter evening and the reason behind that is socializing.”