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Monday, 25 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Discontinuing seasonal changes of time (debate)

  James Carver (EFDD). – Mr President, Commissioner in the five years I have been a Member in this place, much has changed. Nevertheless, there is one thing that hasn’t – the old adage that the EU knows best.

I have to agree with the House of Commons submission of its reasoned opinion in relation to this subject, which noted the lack of sufficient evidence to justify the discontinuation of seasonal time changes. This plan is yet another example of harmonisation for harmonisation’s sake. So much for the idea of subsidiarity. Again we see your philosophy of ever-closer Union selfishly being put ahead of the rights of national governments.

Mr President, it should be for an individual Member State to enact seasonal clock changes, as their economy or indeed geography deem it necessary, not the EU institutions. Should Her Majesty’s Government surprise us by actually respecting and enacting the vote to leave the EU, then I trust they will see sense and ignore this proposal.

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