Summertime: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Colum Eastwood Colum Eastwood Social Democratic and Labour Party, Foyle

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for Northern Ireland to be operating in a different time zone from the rest of the island of Ireland in the event that the EU goes ahead with plans not to continue daylight savings hours as proposed by the EU Parliament.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The setting of time zones is a devolved matter for the locally elected political institutions in Northern Ireland to consider.

The Withdrawal Agreement does not require Northern Ireland to align with the European Union approach to time zones.

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