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Sunbathing in the park
Time to join the French?
By Ryan Morrison
In October you’ll be asked to vote over a change in time. A Labour MP wants the UK to follow suit.
The UK government is being asked to follow Jersey's example and consider adopting Central European Time.
A Labour MP has put forward a Commons Motion following the decision to hold a referendum here.
The issue of moving to Central European Time is nothing new and there have been numerous campaigns here and in the UK to adopt it.
Britain did briefly try it during the during the Second World War when it was called Double British Summertime, the name Labour MP Lindsey Hoyle has adopted in his commons motion.
It was also tried in the late sixties and early seventies in the UK.
Lindsey Hoyle is asking the House of Commons to note Jersey's referendum and the way the island has recognised the health, environmental and economic benefits of lighter evenings.
The campaign group the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, which has been calling for the switch for sixty years, says it's something Jersey could easily do.
A UK pressure group says islanders won't find it hard to adapt if it changes to Central European Time.
If it goes ahead, Jersey will be the first place in the British Isles to make the change, but it's something the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has been campaigning for sixty years.
Tom Malarky, Chief Executive of ROSPA, says it may not suit everyone, but it's something people would just work around.
He told BBC Jersey Today: "You're obviously closer to the continent; you have a lot of businesses in Jersey that adapt to the fact that a lot of their close neighbours are also their business partners.
"Those that work directly into the UK would make similar adaptations the other way. I think there is a sort of practical flexibility.
"You have to trust people to make their own decisions to work this out for themselves."
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Will you be voting Yes or No in the referendum in October? Will you actually be voting in the referendum?
If you plan to vote NO what are your main concerns over a change in time? If you plan to vote YES what are the main benefits you see to moving?
last updated: 24/06/2008 at 12:29
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