Time Border For Ireland?

25 Sep 2018 | 04.21 pm

Time Border For Ireland?

EU Commission scrapping daylight saving time in 2019

25 Sep 2018 | 04.21 pm

The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland could be in different time zones after Brexit, according to Georgi Gotev, commentator with the website, Euractiv, which tracks the EU Commission.

Gotev notes that the European Union will scrap the twice-yearly seasonal clock change across the bloc from October 2019, with member states having to decide by April 2019 whether they will stick permanently to the summer or winter time.

The UK will have left the EU by 29 March 2019 and is not obliged to follow. The British government has indicated that it has no plans to change daylight saving time.

According to Gotev: “What this means is that six months per year, Northern Ireland could be in a different time zone from the Republic of Ireland.

“Asked today to comment on this bureaucratic extravaganza, Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc pretended she didn’t understand the question. Or, possibly, she couldn’t understand it,” writes Gotev.

“Bulc is the Commission’s key figure as far as the daylight saving time reform is concerned. That’s because time is very sensitive in the transport sector. Just imagine the prospective hurdles, with people getting confused about what time their plane departs, and inevitably, many missing their flights.

“Worse still: each time that the radio from the other side of the island announces the hour, people driving their cars en route to an important meeting will risk a heart attack if they suddenly assume that having been on time they are now going to be an hour late.”

Gotev wonders whether London will use the time border as a bargaining chip in the Brexit negotiation? “Our bet is they will.”

 

 

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