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Boris could be planning bank holiday if England win Euro 2020 – but needs Queen’s approval

Jacquie Beltrao discusses England's Euro 2020 final match

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The Prime Minister said he has ruled out declaring a bank holiday until the end of Sunday evening’s match. It has been reported that Mr Johnson does not want to “tempt fate” by declaring the holiday before the result of the match. The most likely time for this bank holiday will be later in the summer so employers can prepare.

According to The Daily Telegraph , August 27 is being looked at as a possible date.

There has also been a talk of the holding of a victory parade for the England team if they win against Italy.

A bank holiday on Friday 27 August could see a victory parade whilst pupils are still off school.

One source told the newspaper creating a four-day weekend would also create an economic boost as it would allow more people to go away on a mini-break before schools returned for the next academic year.

A petition that urged the Government to make Monday 19 July a bank holiday passed 320,000 signatures.

Both schools and employers up and down England have also said they would be flexible on Monday morning to allow staff and pupils a lie-in after the football final.

It is not known if the Queen will attend Wembley on Sunday evening as she has not attended a major sporting event since the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Mr Johnson has ruled out declaring a bank holiday before the match has finished, warning he does not want to “tempt fate”.

It is understood Prime Minister would need to ask the permission of the Queen in order to approve the holiday plans.

There would then be an eleventh-hour meeting of the Privy Council at Windsor Castle in order to approve the bank holiday.

However a senior government source said no plans for a bank holiday had been made.

Reports originally suggested that the holiday would happen on July 19.

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But Government ministers thought that there would then be not enough time for businesses to prepare.

There were questions raised about giving a bank holiday on the day that coronavirus restrictions were lifted.

Also, many schools in England are not to break up until Friday July 23.

It was also discovered that many of the England squad had planned to go on holiday after July 19.

Cabinet ministers prefer a date later in August, which would also give the police time to prepare.

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