Universität Trier Fachbereich II – Anglistik
Topic of presentation: International Relations & Immigration
2) Explain the shop opening hours and relevant regulations in the UK. Explore and try to explain (reasons for) any differences to your own country
The UK regulations for shop opening hours differ in some respects from those in Germany. Generally speaking, the shop opening hours in the UK are remarkably liberal (O´Discroll 149). For example, there are no limitations of shop opening times from Monday through Saturday. Thus, many “large supermarkets are open for 24 hours” (Barrow) although typical opening times in the UK are 9a.m. – 5.30p.m. Furthermore, the probably most striking feature to many foreign tourists of the UK shop opening regulations are open shops on Sundays and bank holidays. Sunday shopping has become very popular in Britain because there are no opening restrictions for shops up to 280 square meters in size (Conway 3). Still, large retail stores are allowed to open for “a period of six hours between 10a.m. and 6p.m. (Conway 3)” but need to remain closed on Christmas Day and New Year´s Day (Conway 3). By comparison, the shop opening regulations in Germany vary since “the legislative power is in the hands of the Länder” (Gunlicks 336) while the legislation in the UK (except for Scotland) is universal. The reason lies in the largely centralized organization of the state providing the government with a relative lack of power (O´Discroll 89). Additionally, unlike in the UK, German shops remain closed on...