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Plans to extend Sunday trading come under fire Thursday, 22nd March 2012
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Government plans to put round-the-clock Sunday trading into effect this summer have angered shop workers and unions, it has been reported.
Chancellor George Osborne yesterday confirmed plans to lift Sunday trading restrictions for eight weeks between July and September for the London Olympics and Paralympics.
Osborne said: “We have got the whole world coming to London and the rest of the country for the Olympics. It would be a great shame, particularly when some of the big Olympic events are on a Sunday, if the country had a 'closed for business' sign on it.”
However, in response, the Keep Sunday Special Campaign said in a statement: “No changes to Sunday trading legislation are needed to enable all Olympic visitors to have a great day out with family and friends. When did shopping become an Olympic sport?”
In order to suspend the Sunday trading laws, legislation will have to be rushed through the Commons within the next ten days.