Leo Varadkar says Northern Ireland will not have a different time zone to rest of Ireland 1 month ago

Leo Varadkar says Northern Ireland will not have a different time zone to rest of Ireland

No chance.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that he "wouldn't countenance a situation" when there would be two different time zones on the island of Ireland.

On Tuesday it was announced the European Parliament would end daylight savings time from April 2021.

After that date EU member states would have to decide for themselves which time system they adopt, either Summer time or Winter time.

Under the new legislation, governments that opt to make summer time permanent would adjust their clocks for the last time on the last Sunday in March 2021.

For those choosing winter time, the final clock change would be on the last Sunday of October 2021.

At Leader's Questions on Wednesday, Labour leader Brendan Howlin said that Ireland could be put in a difficult position as the UK have indicated they will not change their current system, meaning that there could be two separate time zones on the island of Ireland.

He asked Taoiseach Leo Varadkar which way the government would be voting when the matter went in front of the European Council, to which Varadkar said they'd be hoping to have a debate on it in the Dáil before finalising their position.

Speaking on the possibility of two time zones on the island of Ireland, Varadkar said he "couldn't and wouldn't countenance a situation where Northern Ireland is in a different time zone to the rest of Ireland".