Starmer suggests whole UK – including Wales and Scotland – should get bank holiday if England win Euro 2022
The whole of the UK – including Wales and Scotland – should get an extra bank holiday if England women’s national football team win in the Euros final, Sir Keir Starmer has said.
The Labour leader backed a “day of celebration” for “Brits” if the Lionesses claim victory at a sold-out Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
His request came after Wales were told they could not have a bank holiday on 1 March, St David’s Day, because of the cost to the economy.
England are in the final of Euro 2020 after they beat Sweden, the highest-ranked team in the Uefa Women’s Euro 2022 competition, 4-0 in the semi-final on Tuesday. They will play Germany who beat France 2-1 on Wednesday.
Speaking about calls for a Bank Holiday, Sir Keir told the Mirror: “The whole country will be roaring on the Lionesses in the final on Sunday.
“They have already done us proud, but if they win it will be a truly historic achievement – one that should be marked with a proper day of celebration, where clubs can open and promote access for women and girls.”
Sir Keir was at Tuesday’s match at Bramall Lane, in Sheffield, with his wife Victoria.
‘Bring it home’
However, the UK Government has said while they expected many to cheer on England against Germany, a Bank Holiday would be a “considerable” cost to the economy.
A UK Government spokesperson said: “The Lionesses have done England proud with their fantastic run to the Euro 2022 final.
“The whole country will be roaring them on and hopefully watching a famous victory against Germany on Sunday evening.
“We will certainly be celebrating their success. However, the current pattern of public and bank holidays is well established and while an additional bank holiday may benefit some communities and sectors, the cost to the economy of an additional bank holiday is considerable.”
Conservative former sports minister Tracey Crouch and Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey however also reportedly backed the idea.
Boris Johnson was under pressure to give workers a bank holiday last summer had England’s men’s team won the Euro 2020 championship.
Mr Johnson speaking before the final against Italy, which ended in penalty heartbreak for the team, said granting a bank holiday would be “tempting fate”.
After the match on Tuesday he tweeted: “On to Wembley!
“A fantastic result for captain @leahcwilliamson and the @Lionesses tonight against Sweden.
“Come on England, bring it home.”
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