BRITAIN'S clocks will move forward by an hour all year round — but only if Scotland supports the move, The Sun can reveal. The Government said last night it will back a bid for the UK to join the Central European time zone if there's agreement across the nation.
Under the plans — which could begin with a decision to leave Britain's clocks unchanged one autumn — the country would never be on GMT again.
Instead, clocks in winter would be set to GMT plus one hour — the setting we now call BST.
In summer clocks would go to GMT plus TWO hours (BST plus one). That would give an hour's extra evening daylight and an hour's extra darkness in the morning. The Daylight Saving Bill — which backs the change — is set to move to committee stage in the Commons within two weeks.
It calls for a three-year trial after a full review of potential costs and benefits. The move is backed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the AA, and the British Beer and Pub Association. But it has faced opposition in Scotland, where campaigners believe darker winter mornings could spark more road accidents.
Business Minister Ed Davey said: "It is only right we look at the potential economic and social benefits." But he added: "This is an issue which affects everyone across the country so we cannot rush head first into this."
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