Gifts Today magazine

Sunday Trading Laws shake-up in doubt

SNP threaten to undermine Tory plan to allow big shops to open longer on Sundays.

A move to liberalise Sunday trading laws in England and Wales is under threat after significant opposition materialised in Parliament.

The SNP is set to vote against the changes over fears it could drag down the wages of Scottish workers, the BBC reported.

Twenty rebel Tory MPs are also expected to vote against the plans along with other opposition MPs, which means the proposals would fail to become law.

According to the BBC, ministers are looking at whether to delay or even drop the plans.

In this year’s Budget, George Osborne (right), the Chancellor, announced that councils and mayors would get the power to set Sunday trading hours in their areas.

Under current laws, large shops can only open for a six-hour period on Sundays.

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