There’s a worry that the European Union might stop all this bother with summer and winter time, changing the clocks to greet the changes of the seasons. This then bleeds over into they’ll insist we do change, or don’t, as they decide for themselves. That’s not quite how it’s going to work out. We’ll be #freetodowhateverwedamnwellwant – and we’ll be damn fools if we don’t do whatever it is they decide.
Coordination being the point here, not whatever savings the change itself may or may not provide:
Britain could be forced to end daylight saving time by the European Union after Brexit, a Lords committee has warned.
The European Commission is planning to end the changing of the clocks a month after Brexit in April 2019, during the transition period.
It has raised concerns that daylight savings time is disrupting people’s sleep, damaging their health, and inhibiting productivity at work.
It comes as Britain is set to change the clocks back next Sunday, which could be the last time under the EU’s plans.
The EU won’t have the power – the legal power that is – to tell us what to do. So, force in that sense doesn’t, erm, make sense. However, barring some outbreak of idiocy – no certainty given that we’re talking about politics here – they can and will force us to follow whatever their decision is. For think what happens if we don’t change when they do, or do when they don’t? Absolutely every cross border activity is now out by 60 minutes, isn’t it? Every flight slot at every airport is now shifted an hour with respect to take off. Or landing of course. Train journeys, we’ve now got that 6 am express charging through what is now 7 am commuter traffic as it crosses the border. Ferries aren’t that much of a problem as ports are rarely full enough to have precise time slots.
To see the truth of this consider why we even moved off Sun time in the first place. London used to be some 9 minutes (pendants might remind me that it was 11) off Bristol time and when transport between the two was by horse, cart or Shank’s this was a matter of supreme indifference to all. The Sun was at that point in the sky, that was the time. Then Mr. Brunel laid that engineering marvel which is the Great Western Railway. The first of those new fangled that was largely west to east rather than north south, and thus suffering significantly from this time problem. Sun time thus gave way to railway time so that signals and schedules and all that worked off the same clocks. A 9 minute time difference causing significant problems on a busy iron road. Or at least used to, GWR did start out more regimented than today’s this is Tuesday to the Weston Super Mare service is going through.
The point being coordination. The entire point of standardised times being coordination. And if we’re to change, or not change, differently from our neighbours then we lose that, don’t we?
Whether or not there are advantages to changing is something others can argue about. But if there is to be a change then we’ve all got to do it together. And that’s the force that the EU will apply whether they mean to or not.