The British House of Commons stopped the governmental plans for even more shopping hours on Sundays in England and Wales. This might partially be due to the work of “Keep Sunday Special”, the British supporter of the European Alliance.
In its judgement (G 66/11-8) of 14 June 2012 the Austrian Constitutional Court confirmed that the prohibition on shop opening on Sundays and bank holidays is consistent with the Austrian constitution. The overall objectives of shop closing or opening hours are: the protection of the interests of consumers, the aims of the competition regime and the socio-political function. All of these objectives would be in the public interest, says the Court.