European Union may end daylight saving time after millions vote against practice

European Union may end daylight saving time after millions vote against practice

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed, telling German broadcaster ZDF, "There was a public survey, millions answered and are of the view that it's the summertime that should be used all the time in the future, and so it will be".

The European Union's trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said on Thursday that the bloc is "willing to bring down even our auto tariffs to zero, all tariffs to zero, if the USA does the same", in the latest effort to appease US administration complaints about alleged EU protectionism.

European Union transport commissioner Violeta Bulc said 84 per cent of the 4.6 million people who took part in the consultation "do not want the clocks to change anymore".

Critics of the clock change say it can cause long-term health problems, especially among young children and elderly people. Alexander Winterstein, the spokesman for the Commission, said it would be "a sovereign decision of each member state".

Although European Union officials have said they are supportive of lowering tariffs on automobiles to zero if the USA reciprocates, President Trump believes this is not a stand-alone issue or trade deal, according to a senior diplomatic official.

Meanwhile, Trump commented he will leave the World Trade Organisation if it does not "shape up", placing further pressure on trade agreements between the United States and Europe. Juncker added that he expects the U.S.to adhere to an agreement to refrain from new tariffs as long as the two sides are negotiating a trade deal.

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The commission will now send new clock legislation to both the European Parliament and the European Council, which is made up of heads of state, to decide whether to stop the changes.

If Washington violated the deal and imposed auto tariffs, he said, "then we will also do that".

Spain backs the proposal to stick with just one time, government spokeswoman Isabel Celaa said on Friday. She declined to comment on Trump's latest remarks but said Germany fundamentally sought to lower trade barriers and promote free trade.

But whether Trump would move to impose tariffs on European Union cars remains to be seen.

The president, who has asserted a staunchly protectionist trade agenda in a bid to rejuvenate America's industrial heartlands, has introduced punitive tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum and threatened to impose levies on Chinese products worth up to $500 billion.

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