Sunday should remain a sacred day of rest and time spent with family, says U.K. Labour MP Tristram Hunt.
The Christian Institute reports that Hunt, the MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, said that if the plans to expand business hours on Sunday were passed, the culture of the U.K. would be drastically changed in a negative way.
“If passed by Parliament, large shops and supermarkets will be able to treat Sunday the same as any other working day,” said Hunt. And, he continued, even if businesses did “put a few extra pence in the national coffers, is that really worth watering down such a distinctive aspect of our national culture?”
The Scottish National Party (SNP) said that it would stand against the plans back in November, but now the party is rethinking its stance.
In a letter to The Sunday Telegraph, the Church of England stated, “Keeping Sunday special is essential to the fabric of our society. Longer Sunday opening will have a dramatic effect on family life for no economic gain.”
“For so many families, Sunday is the only day of the week when time can be enjoyed together away from the stress of work or school.
“This is the stuff you cannot measure in mere pounds and pence – there is something priceless about having one day set aside for families,” he said.
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Publication date: March 2, 2016