Euro 2020: PM Boris Johnson silent on calls for emergency bank holiday if England win final | football news
Boris Johnson refused to rule out the possibility of an emergency bank leave if England win Euro 2020 on Sunday.
The Prime Minister has been under pressure to consider a day off should the Three Lions win the tournament after their 2-1 victory over Denmark at Wembley in Wednesday night semi-finals.
Asked during a visit to energy company Pulp’s central London headquarters on Thursday about the possibility of a bank holiday if England beat Italy in the final, Johnson said: “I think that would be a tempting fate; let’s see what happens.”
Calls for a halt intensified on Monday, with more than 100,000 signing a petition hosted on Parliament’s website.
The petition reads: “Sunday at 8pm is a difficult time for families to plan to be together at the event – knowing we have an extra day the next day will help tremendously.
“Moreover, a historic victory should be celebrated. The winning team is expected to display the trophy, and the bank holiday would be the perfect time to do so.
“Also, it is only natural that the English want to continue to enjoy winning, giving the retail and entertainment industry a much-needed opportunity to make up for lost revenue.”
Downing Street said it would hold any celebrations such as England’s victory parade “in due course”.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: “I don’t want to pre-empt the outcome of Sunday’s game. Obviously we want England to go all the way and win the final, and then we will outline our plans in time.”
“Hopefully, when England continues to win, then we continue to make our plans.”
Downing Street also said employers able to do so should be flexible about allowing employees to go to work late on a Monday or take a day off if England win.
The match will end by 10 PM if settled in the original time.
However, the possibility of extra time and penalty shootouts means the match could end near 11pm.
The prime minister has already said bars can remain open until 11.15pm this Sunday to reduce the risk of customers being asked to leave before the match ends.
Wednesday’s win over Denmark went into overtime and ended at around 10.45pm.