Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not rule out the prospect of a bank holiday if England wins the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley. He has come under pressure to announce one day off in case the Three Lions are victorious. “I think that would be tempting fate; let’s see what happens,” he said during a recent visit to an energy company in London. More than 100,000 signatures were obtained on a petition created on the parliament website.
“Sunday 8 pm 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.” the petition read. “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.”
Downing Street has refused to lay out any elaborate plans and will make a decision only after the final on Sunday. They also announced that employers should be flexible with work timings in case England are victorious on Sunday. The Prime Minister has already allowed pubs to remain open until 11.15 for the final in case the match goes the distance.
“I don’t want to pre-empt the outcome of Sunday’s match. Clearly, we want England to go all the way and win the final, and then we will set out our plans in due course.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson spokesman said about the Euro 2020 final. “We will hopefully, when England go on to win, then go on to set out our plans.”