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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Discontinuing seasonal changes of time (A8-0169/2019 - Marita Ulvskog)

  Daniel Hannan (ECR). – Mr President, I was very amused to hear my Labour colleague trying to turn this debate about the time change into a call to stop the clocks on Brexit. I tell you, if that were to happen, and there were to be another European election, I can’t imagine that there would be many Labour MEPs returned – precious few Tories either, for that matter.

Isn’t it extraordinary, though, that everyone takes it for granted that this is now an EU decision: that the issue of what time zone you’re in is no longer utterly for the Member State involved? For what it’s worth, I think there is a strong case for being permanently in summertime in the UK, where we’re attached to rules that reflect working patterns of a much earlier generation. It does seem to me a strange comment on how stealthily the idea of a European policy has increased over the last 20 years; it just goes without notice, without anyone passing comment that this is now decided here.

Whichever way we decide, it won’t end the argument. Whether this blow might be the be-all and the end-all – here, but here, upon this bank and shoal of time, we’d jump the life to come.

Last updated: 26 June 2019Legal notice