Abolish Sunday trading restrictions

Sunday trading laws, as currently established in the Sunday Trading Act 1994, restrict the right of traders to operate on Sunday within England and Wales.

Currently, shops may open for business, as they and their customers wish, at any other time of the week.  But on Sunday, shops larger than 280m² may only open for up to six hours between 10am and 6pm.

In Scotland, Sunday trading is fully deregulated and shops may open to serve customers who wish to shop whenever they choose.

Workers' rights to a weekly rest period are enshrined in the EU Working Time Directive.  The rights of workers who prefer not to work on a Sunday in Scotland are protected by the Sunday Working (Scotland) Act 2003, and in England and Wales by the Sunday Trading Act 1994.  These rights should be retained.

Why is this idea important?

Sunday trading laws, as currently established in the Sunday Trading Act 1994, restrict the right of traders to operate on Sunday within England and Wales.

Currently, shops may open for business, as they and their customers wish, at any other time of the week.  But on Sunday, shops larger than 280m² may only open for up to six hours between 10am and 6pm.

In Scotland, Sunday trading is fully deregulated and shops may open to serve customers who wish to shop whenever they choose.

Workers' rights to a weekly rest period are enshrined in the EU Working Time Directive.  The rights of workers who prefer not to work on a Sunday in Scotland are protected by the Sunday Working (Scotland) Act 2003, and in England and Wales by the Sunday Trading Act 1994.  These rights should be retained.