With modern devices automatically adjusting to the time changes, it would be easy not to notice that on Sunday you lost an hour in bed.
It’s been a source of argument for years – and now the the age-old tradition, of changing the clocks for daylight savings time could be on its way out.
The EU Commission has proposed scrapping the practice, ands member states will be given a choice on whether or not they want to take up the opportunity.
Traditionally, daylight-saving time starts on March 31st and should finish this year on October 27th, but more and more countries around the EU are opting out of participating in the time change.
The tradition started in 1916 when parliament introduced the ‘spring forward’ in order to help people get the most out of daylight working hours.
Andy Hubbard, from East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, said getting rid of the practice of clocks going back an hour in autumn had been tried before, leaving the country on permanent British Summer Time hours
He add: “We’ve trialled this before, a few decades ago we tried to have double British Summer Time and we had the same complaints you get now, people don’t like dark mornings.
“But when it’s lighter in the evenings it benefits the agricultural work, which is particularly important here in Derbyshire.”
He went on to explain: “British Summer Time hours can encourage economic growth in the summer months, people are much more likely to stay out later doing leisure activities when it stays lighter in the evenings.”
But what do you think? Should we keep the twice-yearly clock change? Should we stick to British Summer Time? Or would you rather live in autumn time hours all year round? Vote on the poll below to let us know!
Should the UK keep changing the clocks twice a year for daylight saving hours or should we end tradition and stay in British summertime all year round?
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