Jersey’s time travel referendum

Wikipedia Voting is currently under way on the English Channel island of Jersey on a referendum to switch from Greenwich Mean Time to Europe Central Time. Jersey is closer to France than Britain and some residents feel closer ties to their continental neighbor: We have historical connections with France. Our streets have French names. The ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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Voting is currently under way on the English Channel island of Jersey on a referendum to switch from Greenwich Mean Time to Europe Central Time. Jersey is closer to France than Britain and some residents feel closer ties to their continental neighbor:

We have historical connections with France. Our streets have French names. The prayers in our parliament are in French,'' he told the BBC. "A continental lifestyle is desirable - we'd have the opportunity to spend longer out in the evenings. It's something that Jersey could market and promote for tourists as well as enjoy for itself."

Wikipedia

Voting is currently under way on the English Channel island of Jersey on a referendum to switch from Greenwich Mean Time to Europe Central Time. Jersey is closer to France than Britain and some residents feel closer ties to their continental neighbor:

We have historical connections with France. Our streets have French names. The prayers in our parliament are in French,” he told the BBC. “A continental lifestyle is desirable – we’d have the opportunity to spend longer out in the evenings. It’s something that Jersey could market and promote for tourists as well as enjoy for itself.”

The business community is largely against the switch, since it would make it more difficult to do business with the U.K., Jersey’s largest commercial partner. In my opinion, it won’t really matter that much as long as everyone can keep track of what time it is. As Hugo Chávez learned last year, this is harder than you’d think.

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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