England face Germany in the knockout stages of Euro 2020 this evening at 5pm.

Labour is calling on the Prime Minister to back their campaign for people to be allowed to leave work early to watch the England vs Germany Round of 16 game with their friends and family.

Labour Leader Keir Starmer and Deputy Leader Angela Rayner have told Labour staff that they can finish early in order to get home to watch the game, and they are calling on the Prime Minister to back their calls for employers to let staff finish before kick-off.

Education Minister Nick Gibb refused to back Labour’s call earlier this morning.

Labour Leader Keir Starmer tweeted: Good luck to England ahead of today’s game against Germany. Staff should be allowed to finish early so they can watch the match.

Calling on the Prime Minister to back Labour’s demands, Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said:

“Today is an absolutely massive day for our country. After being apart from our friends and family for so long, many of us will want to watch the game with our loved ones, whether at home or in the pub.

“So I urge the Prime Minister to back our calls to let staff finish early so they can enjoy the game and the whole nation can get behind the England team. I know lots of employers will already have done this which is great news, and our staff will certainly be allowed to stop work in time for kick off.

“Obviously this won’t be possible for lots of key workers and shift workers – the very same people who have kept our country going through this pandemic. So I think we all owe them another big thank you today!”