Parliament are preparing for a debate on whether all shops should remain closed on Boxing Day, as a petition reaches over 200,000 signatures.
Ian Lapworth, creator of the petition, says Boxing Day should be for everyone, including retail workers, to relax and spend time with their families rather than being forced to work over the holidays.
Ryan Brady, an employee at a pet superstore which is open on Boxing Day, said that “in retail you shouldn’t be open, it’s a holiday. If you are going to be open you have make it worthwhile for customers offering good discounts, as well as give employees extra money as an incentive.”
Prime minister, Theresa May, has already spoken out against the petition:
“We do not believe it is for central Government to tell businesses how to run their shops or how best to serve their customers. Therefore, we are not proposing to ban shops from opening on Boxing Day.”
The petition has gained thousands of additional signatures since Theresa May commented on it and remains open until further notice.