Extra bank holiday if England win Euro 2020 petition set for Parliament decision

England are through to their first major tournament final since 1966, after the Three Lions defeated Denmark 2-1 after extra time at Euro 2020.

Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips played a starring role once more, as he has done throughout the entire tournament for his country.

The final against Italy is on Sunday, and fans up and down the country, as well as in the capital, are calling for an extra bank holiday to celebrate a potential European Championship win.

A petition has been set up to get the wheels in motion for this idea, with more than 100,000 fans, at the time of writing, backing the idea of having an extra day off if the Three Lions win their first trophy since 1966.

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Whether the idea makes much of an impact remains to be seen, with the government perhaps unlikely to entertain such a proposal at the current moment.

This could all change as more people sign the petition, and as we move closer to the final itself on Sunday.

The petition 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.”

The government responds to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures. At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.

The petition, started by Lee Jones, comes ahead of England versus Italy at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday night.

“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,” Parliament’s website explains.

Unsurprisingly, the idea of having an extra bank holiday was pitched during England’s run in the 2018 World Cup, where it looked possible they could go the whole way only to be denied by Croatia in the semi-final.

That loss scuppered plans back then, but as the team have taken one further step forward in this tournament, the idea has more momentum behind it.

Then Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn even backed the shouts back in 2018, suggesting Gareth Southgate’s side’s exploits were worthy of an extra day off work.

The ex-Labour leader backed calls for an extra bank holiday, but it remains to be seen whether one is suggested formally in parliament, especially with such a quick turnaround.

Furthermore, it isn’t out of the realms of possibilities that the petition could be a topic of conversation in parliament over the next few days as we move closer to Sunday, July 11.

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