With the nights drawing in and the weather getting colder, the UK is now moving towards winter. Those late nights in the summer sun with balmy temperatures will be disappointed to hear this will be coming to an end soon as the clocks will soon change (and let us not forget that Britain already has a 10pm curfew in place).
British Summer Time officially became a moment during World War One, in 1916.
Germany had turned their clocks forward as a way of conserving energy, as during this time there is more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings.
And following on from this, dozens of European Governments followed suit – including Britain.
The clocks then revert back an hour in the autumn. When the clocks go back, the UK is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
When does British Summer Time end?
The clocks always go back on the last Sunday of October – this year, this falls on October 25.
Your clocks will go back by one hour as 2am hits.
The reason we change the clocks on a Saturday night into Sunday morning is because it would be the least disruptive option for schools and businesses.
We might find ourselves in permanent British Summer Time soon, however, after the European Union voted to scrap the custom of changing the clocks on March 2019.
MEPs in the European Parliament agreed that its member states would have to decide whether to stay on ‘permanent winter’ or ‘permanent summer.’
Those who choose to stick with winter timings will move the clocks back an hour for the last time in October 2021.
While those who opt for permanent summer will change their clocks forward for the last time in March 2021.
Britain does not need to follow this ruling because of Brexit.
However, it is widely believed the UK will follow suit.
And if it does, it’s believed Britain will plump for staying permanently on summer time – or BST.
A source from the Department for Business is said to have told a colleague in Northern Ireland:: “My impression… is that officials’ advice is likely to be in favour of adopting British Summer Time all year.”