What are the implications for business if the EU discontinues seasonal changes in time?


The House of Lords EU Committee – EU Internal Market - is conducting an inquiry into the discontinuing of seasonal changes in time. Please see here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/eu-internal-market-subcommittee/inquiries/parliament-2017/discontinuing-seasonal-changes-time/  [Deadline for submissions is 30 August]


The Committee are looking for contributions from the academic community and have reached out to the British Academy of Management and Chartered ABS because they want to engage with academics regarding the implications for business. Northern Ireland and the border with Eire post Brexit is a particular area of interest. More information below.


Please note it is not necessary to answer all questions in a consultation like this – if you only have one thing to say, that’s absolutely fine and very welcome.  If you do respond, we would be grateful if you could just let Dr Ashley Lenihan, BAM’s Head of Policy & Engagement, know (policy@bam.ac.uk) so we have an idea of how our own outreach to the BAM community on these matters is working.


The inquiry will explore:

  • If and how the Government should consult on the proposal
  • The implications of UK non-alignment, especially for Northern Ireland
  • How the decision between permanent summer-time or winter-time should be made, if needed
  • The role of the devolved administrations and regions of the UK in the decision-making process
  • Preparations being made in the rest of the EU and in affected non-EU countries

Chair of the Committee, Baroness Donaghy, said:

“The European Commission has proposed to end seasonal changes of time in the EU. If adopted, this proposal will have consequences for the UK under any Brexit scenario. The House of Lords EU Internal Market Committee will explore what preparations the Government needs to make, and what factors should inform the UK’s response.”

"The Committee welcomes submissions to the inquiry, and urges organisations, businesses and individuals to take part."


The deadline for written submissions is 30 August 2019. The Committee will hold oral evidence sessions for the inquiry between September and November 2019.