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Island of Ireland to have two different time zones in wake of Brexit as EU votes to scrap Daylight Savings Time

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 28/10/2019 Aoibhin Bryant
a close up of a clock © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

The island of Ireland will face a bizarre ‘timezone border’ once Brexit occurs after the European Parliament voted to scrap Daylight Savings Time.

a clock hanging on the wall: Timezone Border © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Timezone Border

For half of the year, Northern Ireland will be one hour ahead of the Republic of Ireland.

Back in March, the European Parliament voted to stop moving the clock back an hour in the autumn and forward once again in the spring.

The abolishing of Daylight Savings Time is set to come into effect in 2021.

The UK have said they are staunchly against scrapping Daylight Savings Time.

Gallery: The pros and cons of Daylight Saving Time(Espresso)

In 2021, the Republic of Ireland will remain in the same timezone all year round, while Northern Ireland won’t.

However, EU national governments still have to approve the abolishing of Daylight Savings Time as a ‘qualified majority’ of member states are needed to back the move.

Daylight saving cancer © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Daylight saving cancer

The Irish government have said that they are opposed to the directive.

If 55% of member states support the move, the abolition will go through.

The EU’s member states will then have to decide if they would rather remain in ‘permanent winter time’ or ‘permanent summer time’.

Rosanna Davison in a yellow dress: Timezone Border © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Timezone Border

The clock switch began after the 1916 Summer Time Act introduced an extra hour of daylight for farmers to work in.

Charles Flanagan wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

Although this isn’t the first time there’s been a timezone difference between Ireland and the Great Britain.

Dublin Mean Time was 25 minutes behind London but was scrapped by the House of Commons after the Easter Rising.

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