Boris says 'let's see what happens' to calls for Euros bank holiday on Monday

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Boris Johnson has not ruled out giving everyone in England a day off on Monday if the Three Lions win Euro 2020.

Gareth Southgate’s team beat Denmark 2-1 in extra time last night to secure a place in their first major international final since 1966.

It means England will take on Italy at Wembley Stadium for the last leg of the tournament on Sunday.

Asked about the chances of making Monday a bank holiday if England win, the PM said: ‘I think that would be tempting fate. Let’s see what happens.’ 

While that wasn’t a resounding yes – it wasn’t a flat out no.

That will come as good news to the 60,000 people who have signed a petition demanding July 12 be made a national bank holiday.

The Euro 2020 final has been dubbed ‘Super Sunday’ for the hospitality industry, with the Wimbledon final also due to take place on the same day.

Optimistic fans hoping for a win want Monday off so they can recover from celebrating.

The petition, which was set up on the official Parliamentary petition page prior to England’s semi-final victory, says: ‘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 petition echos calls on social media for the PM to ‘do the decent’ thing and give everyone a day off on Monday.

One person tweeted: ‘If England get to the #EURO2020 final, how about making Monday 12th July a National Holiday @BorisJohnson @10DowningStreet Be a popular vote winner for you. Loads will be hungover and on the sick anyway.’

Another said: ‘Come on Boris !!! Do the decent thing if England get to the final!!! Monday is a national holiday.’

Thousands of jubilant fans were pictured tightly packed together leaving Wembley last night, while supporters across the nation gathered in pubs and at homes to celebrate the victory.

Many were left suffering sore heads this morning and joked about pulling sickies as they recovered.

Cars were noticeably absent from the streets in major cities across the country.

Congestion data from TomTom showed rush hour traffic was down by about 10% in London, while in Bristol it was down by about 5% compared to yesterday.

Lulls were also recorded in other major cities including Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool.

It wasn’t hard for people to guess why that might be the case after England’s 2-1 win against Denmark in the Euros semi-finals.

One driver tweeted: ‘Got to work in record time today. The roads were curiously empty.’ 

Another said: ‘Roads are empty this morning lol i guess everyone is recovering from last night.’

And one joked the England match had been more effective than coronavirus restrictions for getting people to stay at home.

They said: ‘I was driving and roads were empty – seems like an England match is far more effective at keeping people home than a lockdown.’ 

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