Thousands sign petition for extra bank holiday if England win Euro 2020

A similar rallying call was made to the Government when Euro 2020 finalists England reached the World Cup semi-final in 2018.


Thousands have thrown their support behind a petition calling for an extra bank holiday, should England go on to win Euro 2020 this summer.

The whole country is in ecstasy this morning after Gareth Southgate and his Three Lions rubber-stamped their first major final in 55 years.

Harry Kane was the hero against Denmark last night — firing home at the second attempt after his extra-time penalty was initially saved by Kasper Schmeichel. That came after an own goal from Simon Kjaer restored parity, following Mikkel Damsgaard's swerving free-kick.

It's now back to Wembley on Sunday night (8pm) for a dream showdown with Italy, but is football really about to come home this summer?

A petition calling for an extra bank holiday — in the event of an England triumph — started at Change.org has already totted-up more than 16,000 signatures.

However, a positive decision remains unlikely at present, with the Government refusing to entertain the idea.

A statement on the petition homepage read: "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."

As things stand, the Government has to respond to petitions that obtain more than 10,000 signatures. At 100,000 signatures, meanwhile, this petition would then be considered for debate in Parliament.

A section on the Parliament website explains: "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."

Three years ago, in the midst of England's charge to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, a similar rallying call was launched, before Southgate's men suffered a heart-breaking defeat to Croatia.

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