Can\’t do that mate. It\’s against the rulesAugust 13, 2010 Tim WorstallEuropean Union4 CommentsNo, we can\’t have permanent BST. EU rules mate. previousUseful answers to Daily Mail headlines number XVInextGreat evidence Ritchie! 4 thoughts on “Can\’t do that mate. It\’s against the rules” GeoffH August 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm It’s not clear that the directive actually declares against permanent BST or GMT (or the equivalent for other member states) only that the changes which have been and are now habitual be synchronised across the EU. Mark Wadsworth August 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm Yup. It’s EU Directive 200/84/EC. I thought everybody knew this (but not GeoffH, obviously). GeoffH August 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm Mark, or should I call you smartypants? I read the directive and I restate, it’s exactly as I said above. It does not, explicitly, state that there MUST be a summertime period in any member state, only that the start and end of such periods shall be synchronised. To 01:00 GMT at the end and beginning of the period, as it happens. It just assumes that what has become custom in all member states, that is to advance clocks by one hour for a summertime period, will continue as a custom . Gareth August 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm Even as far back as 80/737/EEC the legislation is that if you have summertime it is to be synchronised. Unless there is a document setting out that members *must* have summertime this is little more than peer pressure.(But it wouldn’t surprise me if there was a document saying it must be so.) Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.