More than 30,000 people have signed a petition for a UK-wide bank holiday on Monday July 12 if England win the final of the Euro 2020 this Sunday.
And Boris Johnson has asked employers to consider letting staff come in late on Monday morning in the expectation millions of fans will have sore heads from what would be wild celebrations were the Three Lions to win their first major trophy since 1966.
Petitions which reach over 10,000 signatures require a response from the government and anything with over 100,000 is considered for debate in Parliament.
The campaign states: “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.”
For a bank holiday to be granted, Prime Minister Boris Johnson would have to propose it to The Queen, who can declare it with a Royal Proclamation.
However, extra bank holidays are few and far between. The most recent extra day off was in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee, 60 years since the accession of Queen Elizabeth II. In June next year there will be another additional bank holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.