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Politicians 'on the fence' as Sunday Trading debate adjourned

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POLITICIANS have begun debating proposals to relax trading rules so that the Island's largest stores can open on a Sunday.

RETAIL shops St Helier high street King Street shoppers shops Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (26138297)

However, after around two hours of debate on Tuesday afternoon the States adjourned for the day with a decision due to be made on Wednesday morning.

Before the adjournment, however, a number of Members said they were still 'sitting on the fence' and had yet to make a decision on how they would vote.

Among them was Senator Sam Mézec, who said Reform Jersey was treating it as a conscience matter.

'I am resolutely, undeniably and firmly on the fence,' he said, before promises that he would not, however, abstain.

The proposer, Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham, had argued that the rule change would allow more choice for consumers.

Opponents, however, argued that Sunday was a special day, especially for families as children are at school during the week, and should therefore be protected.

Some also took issue with the lack of provision in the law protecting workers who do not want to work on a Sunday, as the UK has in its legislation.

Jack Maguire

By Jack Maguire
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