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Petition to stop clocks going back because no one ‘wants another hour of 2020’

Petition to stop clocks going back because no one ‘wants another hour of 2020’

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The petition was rejected as one already exists (Picture: PA)

A fed-up Brit launched a petition to stop the clocks going back this month as ‘no-one wants another hour of 2020’.

British Summer Time ends at 2am on Sunday, giving people in the UK an extra hour in bed.

But one person is calling for this to be delayed until January 1 2021.

‘2020 has been a long, hard year for everybody. Lets not delay getting rid of it’, they wrote on a parliament petition.

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The petition was rejected, but not because it’s a bad idea. There’s already a campaign going to stop the clocks going back and the Government won’t accept two petitions on the same issue.

The original petition states: ‘Due to the probable continuing lockdown the Government should take the one-off emergency measure to retain British Summer Time for the coming winter. This measure could be of enormous benefit to millions of people.’

Only 259 people have signed it at the time of writing, which is far short of the 10,000 signatures required for a Government response.

It will need 100,000 signatures before MPs debate the issue, meaning the campaign has a long way to go before it reaches parliament.

Graffiti that reads 'Covid 19 World Tour' in Edinburgh city centre after a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases came into place in Scotland
People have had enough of 2020 (Picture: PA)

Previous petitions on the matter have closed before reaching the required amount of signatures for the Government to respond.

This year’s campaign comes as million of people in huge swathes of England face a winter under tier three lockdown restrictions.

Meanwhile, hoped for a normal Christmas in Scotland were crushed after a health boss warned residents to prepare for ‘digital celebrations’.

There are a variety of reasons why people are against clocks changing, with some scientific studies suggesting it can have a negative effect on people’s health.

While some appreciate the extra hour in bed, it means that itll start getting dark a lot earlier from that day onwards, with sunset happening at around 5pm and gradually getting earlier and earlier until the shortest day of the year on December 21.

The clocks will stay that way until the last Sunday in March when we once again put them forward by an hour and British Summer Time begins.

Why do we put the clocks back and forward in the UK?

The idea was first thought up by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, when he suggested that if there was more daylight in the mornings people would get up earlier, thus saving on candles.

However it was builder William Willett the great-great grandfather of Coldplays Chris Martin who brought the practice to the UK in 1907 after he wrote about it in a pamphlet entitled The Waste Of Daylight, suggesting changing the clocks would encourage people to get up earlier.

The practice was later adopted by the Government in 1916 a year after Willetts death during World War I, following Germany who also started putting their clocks forward in April of that year.

In March last year, the European parliament voted to scrap the custom of changing the clocks twice per year.

They agreed that European countries would have to decide whether to stay on permanent winter or permanent summer.

Permanent winter countries would therefore move the clocks back an hour for the last time in October 2021, and those opting for permanent summer would move their clocks forward for the last time in March 2021.

Because of Brexit, the UK no longer needs to follow this agreement, however, its believed Britain might stick permanently on summer time

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