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More than 30,000 backing petition for UK Bank Holiday if England win Euros final


A petition to have a Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom on Monday, July 12 if England win their first-ever European Championship final has gathered more than 30,000 signatures.

The tournament showpiece will take place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday at 8pm, leading to pleas for the government to sanction a snap Bank Holiday if the Three Lions beat opponents Italy.

The nation enjoyed a first major tournament semi-final win since 1966 on Wednesday, as England beat Denmark 2-1.

Captain Harry Kane scored in extra-time as Gareth Southgate ‘s side came from behind to claim victory over a dogged Danish outfit.

Although it is unlikely that a Bank Holiday would be announced with such short notice, there are reports of it being considered after Prime Minister Boris Johnson attended the match at Wembley, donning a Three Lions shirt.

The petition, published on the government’s official website, reads: “England may be playing a European Championship Final at 8pm on Sunday 11th July.

“It would be beneficial and sensible to give the country the day off the next day if England win, in the form of an extra Bank Holiday Monday.”

Lee Jones started the petition which boasts over 30,000 hopeful signatures at the time of writing.

The government responds to all petitions that get 10,000 or more.

After reaching 100,000 signatures, the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament – something reportedly already being muted.



Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie Johnson, were in attendance at Wembley
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie Johnson, were in attendance at Wembley

Per POLITICO, ministers and senior government officials have been discussing potential celebrations if England are to triumph.

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Some are said to think a national holiday is the best idea due to the prospect of not much work being done on Monday.

Parliament’s website states regarding Bank Holidays: “By convention, the Queen acts on the advice of ministers.

“The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is the government department responsible for Bank Holidays.”

When England reached the World Cup semi-final in 2018, there were similar calls if they had gone on to beat Croatia – only to lose 2-1 in Russia.

Then Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn backed the shouts to no avail, but thanks to the Wednesday win and subsequent national hangover, Parliament could still suggest one.

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The petition adds: “Sunday 8pm is a difficult time for families to plan to be together for the event – knowing we have an additional day off the next day would significantly help this. Furthermore, a historic win should be celebrated.

“It would be expected for the winning team to parade the trophy, and a Bank Holiday would be a perfect time to do this.

“Also, English people would naturally want to continue to enjoy the win, giving the retail and leisure industry a much-needed opportunity to make up lost revenues.”

Southgate has often spoken about the effect of his team’s achievements off the pitch during a difficult year for the country, telling BBC Sport pre-match: “The opportunity to bring happiness and create brilliant nights for our fans, our nation, is a very special one that you have when you play with England.

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“They are matches that you remember where you were and some of the nicest messages you get are that people appreciate how the players have been – that they feel they can connect with them – they should be very proud of that.”

One thing is for sure if the Three Lions lift the Henri Delaunay Trophy on Sunday, there will be plenty of full hearts and sore heads the next morning.





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