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MPs warn PM about big rebellion over Sunday trading proposals

22 June 2020

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been warned by his own MPs that he will face a rebellion in the house of Commons if he tries to liberalise Sunday trading laws.

Allowing larger stores to open for longer on a Sunday had been mooted as part of a series of measures to aid economic recovery from the coronavirus lockdown.

However, key backbenchers have written to the PM, urging him to reconsider.

The MPs told the PM:

that over 50 Conservative MPs, from a range of intakes including those elected in 2019 and covering a full spectrum of views in the parliamentary party, are opposed to these plans and have expressed this directly to us or their constituents.”
MPs Letter to the PM

Seven Tory MPs sent the letter: Fiona Bruce MP, William Wragg MP, David Amess MP, Martin Vickers MP, David Jones MP, Andrew Selous MP and Bob Blackman MP.

If the relaxation of Sunday trading laws is opposed by Opposition parties, only 41 Tory rebels are needed to ensure it doesn’t happen.

An attempt to liberalise Sunday trading failed in 2016, when 27 Tory MPs rebelled.

CARE’s View

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Current Sunday trading laws strike a good balance and provide valuable family time for retail workers

It’s understandable that the UK Government want to kick start the economy and it’s important that they do so. However, removing Sunday trading hours will not achieve this.

Instead, it will harm local shops and high streets and there is no real economic evidence suggesting that relaxing Sunday trading hours has any effect on economic growth. For many retail workers, Sunday is an important day where they can spend more time with their families.

Ask your MP to pro­tect Sunday trad­ing laws

Stand with us and help us keep Sunday special by asking your MP to vote against any proposed changes to Sunday trading laws


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