Britain should adopt European proposals to scrap daylight-saving time to prevent an ‘early curfew’ on the elderly, campaigners said last night.
The EU Commission has proposed ending the practice of putting the clocks forward in spring and back in winter after a survey found most Europeans opposed it.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the Commission, said millions ‘believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that’s what will happen’.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the Commission, said millions ‘believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that’s what will happen’
In the public consultation, 84 per cent of 4.6million respondents called for ending the practice.
Last night, British campaigners endorsed the Commission’s decision to put the proposals forward to the European Parliament.
The Commission’s proposal will require support from the 28 national governments and MEPs to become law.
In the EU, clocks switch between winter and summer under daylight-saving time.
A European Parliament resolution says it is ‘crucial to maintain a unified EU time regime’, although the Commission has not yet drafted details of the change.
In a consultation paper it said one option would be to let each member state decide whether to go for permanent summer or winter time. Alexander Winterstein, the spokesman for the Commission, said it would be ‘a sovereign decision of each member state’.
The UK is one of the 28 nations, but is due to