The Government is in discussions over whether to ditch seasonal clock changes, which could mean the end of Greenwich Mean Time.

According to The Daily Mail, the Government is "likely" to get rid of spring and autumn clock changes.

This was suggested earlier this year to keep in line with European proposals urging the UK to choose which time zone it wants permanently.

What does this mean for us?

From October 2019 we will either stay in British summer time or change to winter time permanently.

The Daily Mail says that emails released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal the government is likely to follow Brussels and propose Britain stays on summer time all year.

The emails between officials in London and Belfast, a Northern Irish colleague is alleged to have said: "My impression... is that officials’ advice is likely to be in favour of adopting British Summer Time all year."

What is Greenwich Mean Time?

Greenwich Mean Time or GMT is the clock time at the Royal Observatory. It is the same all year round and not affected by British Summer Time or Daylight Saving Time.

When the sun is at its highest point exactly above the Prime Meridian, it is 1200 noon at Greenwich.

What is British Summer Time?

British Summer Time was brought about in World War Two due to power and fuel shortages. During BST the UK is advanced an hour forward for GMT so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less.

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