The three Christian parties in the senate, together with the Socialists, have voted to tighten up Sunday trading laws.
The change will close a loophole allowing local authorities to sanction Sunday shopping because they are in tourist areas.
The Christian parties want to preserve Sunday as a day of rest, while the SP
is opposed to workers being forced to work at the weekend.
The VVD voted against the measure even though it is supported by the new government.
Prime minister and VVD leader Mark Rutte reportedly agreed to press ahead with the restrictions as a gesture to the fundamentalist Christian party SGP. Its support could be crucial to pass other legislation in the lower house of parliament.
When the new rules come into effect, shops in areas which are not considered tourist attractions will only be able to open 12 Sundays a year.
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