Saturday 01 April 2023

Dutch Bible belt town rejects Sunday shopping in local referendum

ede town centreThe Dutch Bible belt town of Ede in Gelderland has rejected all forms of Sunday shopping in a local referendum.

Residents of the town and outlying villages voted against three proposals: region-wide Sunday shopping, 12 Sunday shopping days a year and town centre-only Sunday shopping.

Although people actually living in Ede voted narrowly – 53% – in favour of allowing shops to open on Sunday, their vote was outweighed by no votes of up to 90% in its surrounding villages.

The staunchly Protestant SGP, which opposes all forms of work on Sunday, is the biggest party on the local Ede council. Christian parties also have a majority of seats.

Some 45% of the population turned out to vote, which the town council says is high for a local referendum.

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