The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (usually shortened to United Kingdom or UK ) is a country situated off the north-western coast of continental Europe and is surrounded by the North Sea, the English Channel, the Celtic Sea, the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
The UK is composed of four constituent parts: three constituent countries England , Scotland and Wales on the island of Great Britain and the province of Northern Ireland on the island of Ireland. The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland forms the United Kingdom's principal international land border. There is also a frontier with France at the Channel Tunnel with the French border control being on the English side of the English Channel ( La Manche )!
The UK has several overseas territories throughout the world, relationships with several Crown dependencies and Commonwealth realms.
European clocks on Standard Time
until: Sunday 27 March 2016 01:00 GMT
then on Summer / Daylight Saving Time
until: Sunday 30 October 2016 01:00 GMT
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.
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.