An extra hour in bed but time ticking on clock changes

WE ARE about to enter day lights savings time, with the clocks going back this Saturday night, October 27th. That means an extra hour in bed for everyone!
That small joy could be dwarfed by the ever pervasive shadow of Brexit, though.
As reported in the Herald previously, the EU has now formally decided to end the annual clock changes, and has scheduled March 2021 as the last mandatory change for member states.
Presuming Brexit will have actually happened by then, unless the UK changes its own clock changing rules to align with the EU, it could result in a border that is even more damaging to local communities than any to do with trade or customs.
Belcoo will be in a different time zone from Blacklion for six months of the year. Pettigo will be divided by a time border down its street.
People leaving Belleek will arrive in Ballyshannon an hour and five minutes later whenever they make the drive any time between October and March every year.
The UK government has yet to confirm its clock changing plans. The good news is, indications are the UK will follow suit with the EU’s plans. The bad news, for sleep lovers, is the EU and hopefully the UK’s plan is to remain on summer time, meaning we could be set to lose an hour that we will never get back.

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