Jeremy Corbyn vows to introduce four new public holidays in UK

Jeremy Corbyn vows to introduce four new public holidays in UK

first_img Apr 23rd 2017, 11:56 AM 15,892 Views Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves BBC Broadcasting House in central London today Jeremy Corbyn vows to introduce four new public holidays in UK The Labour leader has an uphill battle to beat Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party in June’s snap election. https://jrnl.ie/3354046 43 Comments Share Tweet Email1 By AFP Image: Dominic Lipinski PA Wire/PA Images Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 11:56 AM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: BRITAIN’S LABOUR PARTY has promised to introduce four new public holidays if it wins the June snap election, marking the patron saints days of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the measure would “give workers the break they deserve” while also uniting the four nations, whose ties have been strained by the vote to leave the European Union.Corbyn has an uphill battle to beat Prime Minister Theresa May’s centre-right Conservatives in the vote on 8 June, with weekend opinion polls putting Labour between 11 and 25 points behind the ruling party.May wants a mandate for the Brexit negotiations, which will start after the election, but Labour is emphasising the government’s record of spending cuts.‘Proud nations’ “These holidays will be a chance for workers to spend time with their families, in their communities and with their friends,” Corbyn said.“But they will also be a chance to celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations.”The holidays would be held on the days of St George — patron saint of England (which is being celebrated today) — St Andrew (Scotland), St David (Wales) and St Patrick (Northern Ireland).Last year’s Brexit vote has renewed calls by Scottish nationalists for a second referendum on independence, and in Northern Ireland the prospect of a hard border with EU member Ireland has also sparked concern about the province’s fragile peace.Britain currently has eight public holidays each year, compared with an average of 12 in the G20 of developed nations, the Labour Party said.- © AFP 2017Read: France goes to the polls as future of EU hangs in the balanceRead: A newborn baby pushes a tiny, fascinating Scottish island’s population to 105 (we think) Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves BBC Broadcasting House in central London today Image: Dominic Lipinski PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img

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