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When Do The Clocks Go Back? Britain Changes Back To Greenwich Mean Time

And no, for the last time, you don't have to change the time on your iPhone.

27/10/2016 15:48 | Updated 29 October 2016

Crunchy leaves, warming comfort food and breaking out the chunky sweaters are great but our favourite part of autumn is without a doubt getting an extra hour in bed when the clocks change.

When do the clocks go back? 

The clocks will go back by an hour on Sunday 30 October at 2am.

This will take the UK back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) for the remaining autumn and winter months.

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The clocks will go back on Sunday 30 October

This will mean darker evenings - but also brighter mornings for early birds.

When will the clocks change again?

The clocks go forward again on 26th March next year, heralding the the beginning of British Summer Time on our clocks.

What is the history of changing the clocks?

Debate over the effects of turning the clocks back (and forth) has been a British pastime for more than a century, when the first Daylight Saving bill was brought before the House of Commons.

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The sun will set earlier once the clocks change

During the Second World War the Government moved the clocks forward one hour to help munitions factories maximise productivity and allow people to get home safely before the blackout.

Between 1968 and 1971 the Government carried out the same experiment but was forced to end it after complaints in Scotland and northern England.

Plans have also been mooted to move to Central European Time - something that would mean lighter winter evenings, which supporters claim would cut road deaths, boost tourism and reduce energy use. 

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