SNP 'deal' clears way for Sunday trading change
Sunday trading laws are set to be relaxed next week after the SNP apparently made a deal with George Osborne to drop its opposition to the plan.
The move to allow local councils to introduce all-day Sunday trading faced being shot down by Labour and the SNP alongside rebel Conservatives.
But the Scottish Nationalists have now switched sides in the debate, with accusations it was part of the recent deal over Scotland's devolved financial powers.
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Shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle said: “It’s hard to avoid the suspicion that the SNP have not been playing their own games and doing a dirty deal with the Tory government to get what they wanted on the fiscal framework in return for throwing shop-workers to the wolves.”
The Treasury admitted “back-channel discussions” had taken place with the SNP, but insisted they did not relate to the fiscal framework deal.
Large shops are currently only able to open for six hours on a Sunday, with the expected change the biggest reform to Sunday trading in 20 years.