Guernsey

Guernsey States reject Sunday trading trial

Shops and shoppers in Le Pollet in St Peter Port, Guernsey
Image caption States members voted against deregulating Guernsey's Sunday trading laws

Guernsey States members have rejected a move to deregulate the island's Sunday trading laws.

Twenty-eight politicians voted against Deputy Mike Hadley's move to liberalise the laws for a trial period of 12 months starting in December.

Deputy Hadley has now announced his resignation from the Commerce and Employment department.

He said it was a very important department, and he felt he could no longer continue working in the role.

The rejection of the proposal in the States means large shops like Waitrose and B&Q and larger branches of the Co-op and Marks and Spencers will not be able to open on Sundays.

Currently in Guernsey grocery stores with floor spaces larger than 400sq-m (4,300sq-ft) cannot open on Sundays.

The Chief Minister, Peter Harwood, had urged members to reject the plan, arguing that subtle change was needed to the current laws, rather than a full suspension.

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