Sir Keir Starmer is backing calls for the government to grant an additional bank holiday should England win Euro 2022.
The Labour leader has called on the outbound Boris Johnson to give the public an extra day off if the Lionesses conquer Germany in the Wembley final on Sunday.
He 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.”
England beat Sweden 4-0 on Tuesday night, in front of Starmer and his wife, to book their place in the last two for the first time since 2009.
Germany sealed their spot in the final with a 2-1 over France last night (July 27).
Following England’s scintillating run to the final of the European Championship in the men’s game last summer, Johnson did not rule out granting an extra bank holiday if they beat Italy, though that game ended in a gut-wrenching penalty shootout defeat.
He said at the time: “I think that would be tempting fate – let’s see.”
Ex-Sports Minister Tracey Crouch is another politician calling for a bank holiday should the Lionesses roar to victory on Sunday, landing their first ever major trophy.
Speaking to the Mirror, she said: “The Lionesses have already made the nation so proud, blazing a trail for women’s football everywhere.
“If we win on Sunday, let’s give everyone a chance to celebrate with a special bank holiday as we said we would for the men.
“It’s coming home!”
The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, is another backing the bank holiday calls.
He said: “If football comes home then the country must be allowed to celebrate it.
“Our Lionesses have already done England proud with their winning spirit and exciting playing style.
“I see no reason why the country can’t come together and treasure an amazing sporting achievement.”
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