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When do clocks next change in Europe?

  • Daylight saving start: Sunday 26 March 2017  01:00 GMT. Clocks go forward one hour.
  • Daylight saving end: Sunday 29 October 2017  01:00 GMT.Clocks go back one hour.

UK and Europe Clock Change Rules

UK Time Zone

The UK is in the Western European Time Zone > ; GMT > is the Standard Time and in the summer months British Summer Time (GMT+1) > is in use.

Does UK Time observe Daylight Saving / Summer Time?

Like most countries in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in the UK, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour, that is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT+1 ).

After the summer months time in the UK is shifted back by 1 hour to Western European Time (WET) or (GMT).

Find out more about British Summer Time

Discover the history of British Daylight Saving

British Summer Time Past Dates

British Summer Time Dates

The summer-time periods began and ended respectively on the following dates at 01:00 GMT (1.00am Greenwich Mean Time):

In 2006: the Sundays of 26 March and 29 October
In 2007: the Sundays of 25 March and 28 October
In 2008: the Sundays of 30 March and 26 October
In 2009: the Sundays of 29 March and 25 October
In 2010: the Sundays of 28 March and 31 October
In 2011: the Sundays of 27 March and 30 October
In 2012: the Sundays of 25 March and 28 October
In 2013: the Sundays of 31 March and 27 October
In 2014: the Sundays of 30 March and 26 October.
In 2015: the Sundays of 29 March and 25 October.
In 2016: the Sundays of 27 March and 30 October.

Proposals have been made from time to time about changing the UK's time zone to Central European Time .

However, any changes would need to have full regard to the effect on business and transport links with other countries, on health and safety issues such as road traffic accidents, and on social and community life.

A lthough there could be some advantages, adoption of Central European Time in the UK would result in later sunrise in winter, affecting particularly outdoor workers and people in the north of England and Scotland.

There are no current plans to change the UK’s time zone.

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