George Osbourne has continued his campaign to see the Sunday trading laws in the UK suspended during the eight weekends around the London Olympic Games this summer.

The BBC on Sunday reported that the Chancellor will propose emergency legislation so large shops across England and Wales will be able to trade for longer than six hours on Sundays.

In an interview with Andrew Marr yesterday morning, Osborne said it would be a "great shame" if Britain had a "closed for business" sign on it during the Games.

At present, shops over 280 sq metres in England and Wales are restricted to any six hours of continuous trade between 10:00 and 18:00.

The campaign has already been met by concern from shopworkers’ union Usdaw and the campaign group Keep Sunday Special.

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