Sunday trading law suspension bid for Olympics
Sunday trading laws are expected to be suspended by the government on eight weekends from 22 July during the Olympics and Paralympics.
In his Budget, George Osborne is set to propose emergency legislation so large shops in England and Wales can trade for more than six hours.
He told the BBC it would be a "great shame" if Britain had a "closed for business" sign on it during the Games.
But campaign group Keep Sunday Special called the plan "profoundly worrying".
And shopworkers' union Usdaw warned its members "vehemently opposed" the idea.
But ministers hope to see the proposal passed by Easter.
On BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show, Mr Osborne said: "We've 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 Sunday - if the country had a closed for business sign on it."
We've been through this before (see here). As was generally agreed in that thread, I don't see why we can't just do away with these silly Sunday restrictions like they have in Scotland - simply because a few uptight religious types want a day to themselves