Sunday trading reform doomed as MPs line up in opposition

Tory MPs have threatened to rebel over Sunday trading

Plans to liberalise Sunday trading hours for big stores such as supermarkets look likely to be abandoned in the face of parliamentary opposition.

Tory MPs have written to prime minister Boris Johnson warning him that they will rebel over his proposals to extend Sunday trading.

Johnson aimed to relax Sunday trading rules for a year, as one measure to help the country recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, but newspapers including The Telegraph have reported that is now unlikely, although the idea remains “under review”.

A group of Tory MPs said in their letter to Johnson: “We stand squarely behind your ambition to stimulate economic growth and revitalise British high streets, but removing Sunday trading hours will not achieve this.

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