Liberal-Labour government plans to liberalise Sunday trading

Local councils will soon be free to decide for themselves how often shops can open on Sunday, say sources close to the government formation talks.

According to various media reports, the right-wing VVD and Labour party (PvdA) have agreed to liberalise the Sunday trading laws in their coalition pact.
The VVD agreed not to extend Sunday trading laws as part of the outgoing coalition in order to appease the fundamentalist Christian party SGP.
Gay weddings
The negotiators also plan to stop people who don’t accept the idea of gay marriage from becoming local council registrars.
The current administration refused to enact a parliamentary motion calling on civil servants who refused to carry out gay weddings to be sacked, again, to appease Christian parties.
Labour and the Liberals are nearing the end of three weeks of formal talks on forming a new coalition following the September general election.
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