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Brexit’s next casualty could be clear time zones

FILE- In this file photo dated Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, workers abseil outside the clock face as they clean Big Ben's clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London. According to reports published Sunday Oct. 18, 2015, the chimes of Big Ben may fall silent for many months as urgent repairs are carried out to the clock and the tower, which must begin as soon as possible.
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Fixing the mess.
  • Adam Rasmi
By Adam Rasmi

Reporter

The UK enters British Summer Time (BST) on Sunday (March 29) at 1am, with clocks moving forward one hour. It’ll mean less time in bed that night for millions of Brits, but longer evening daylight hours through the summer until the clocks get rolled back again in October.

It’s an annual event, but this year’s changes might be the last before things start to get really complicated. That’s because the European Parliament last year voted heavily in favor of ending Daylight Saving Time, meaning the bloc will no longer change the clocks twice a year starting in 2021. Each member state will get to decide whether to set their clocks to permanent summer or winter time.

The UK would have had to go along with all that, had it not left the EU in January. Now it’s up to British officials to choose whether to maintain Daylight Saving Time. Brits appear to be more divided than their European counterparts, and officials have in the past suggested they don’t want to follow the EU’s lead.

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