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Bank holiday petition: Thousands urge ministers to give workers day off

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Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for an emergency bank holiday if England go on to win Euro 2020 this Sunday.

Bristol – along with the rest of the nation – was propelled into a state of euphoria when Gareth Southgate and his Three Lions claimed their spot in the final in a knife-edge match against Denmark on Wednesday.

Harry Kane was the hero — firing home at the second attempt after his extra-time penalty was initially saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

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It’s back to Wembley on Sunday night for a dream showdown with Italy, but is football really about to come home this summer?

As MEN reports, 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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