Attempts to end daylight saving are ‘EU interfering in UK internal affairs’, says former UKIP councillor

EU attempts to end daylight saving are example of ‘EU interfering in UK internal affairs’, says former UKIP councillor

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Former UKIP Councillor John Perry has said that Brussels’ proposals to end daylight saving hours are “another example of the EU interfering in internal UK affairs”. 

The European Union has proposed that all countries adopt summer or winter time permanently, but this move needs the support of all EU countries to become law.

Mr Perry, former member of Havant Borough Council told talkRADIO’s Eamonn Holmes: “This is another example of the EU interfering in the internal affairs of the UK.

“I believe this is a decision that should be made by our representatives in Westminster.

“I live on the south coast so I don’t suffer from the effects of daylight saving changes as do the people in Northern Ireland or northern Scotland.

“I really do believe that the decision must be made in Westminster and not be dictated to us by the EU.”


'It gets up my nose'

Lord Rooker in the House of Lords during debate on Wednesday 

Although the changes would not come in until after March 29 when the UK leaves the EU, the UK would still be expected to adopt them during a transition period, peers said.

On Wednesday the House of Lords debated a report into the plan by Brussels to end the practice of changing the clocks twice a year.

Peers raised their concerns about the proposed changes with Lord Rooker saying “it gets up my nose”.

Lord Rooker said of the plan: "It looks like a diktat and it's the kind of diktat from the EU that really puts people off the EU. It gets up my nose.

"It's a one-size-fits-all argument, typical of Brussels."

He added: "In principle I support the move to permanent summer time."

But he went on: "This is a matter for member states. Not the EU Commission."


'It is the principle' 

Mr Perry added whilst it does not affect him so much on the south coast, “it is the principle” of the change.

He said: “It is the principle. I can kind of understand why the EU would want to abolish daylight saving hours because if you live near the Equator, you have twelve hours of daylight and twelve hours of night time.

“The sunrise and sunset times don’t change. As you move further north to where we are in the UK, the effects of longer days and shorter nights have much greater effect.

“It doesn’t affect us so much on the south coast but it does affect people in Scotland and I believe the principle of whether we change our clocks should be made in Westminster and not by the European Union.”

He added: “We could have a separate timezone in Scotland and England – and we could have a separate one in Northern Ireland.

“I think we could cope with it but whether it is desirable is another matter.

“And, whether people want it or not is another matter but I am all for the people of the UK identifying their representatives in Westminster, in the Northern Irish or Scottish Assembly to decide.”