Thousands Want Extra Bank Holiday To Celebrate England Winning Euro 2022
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Fans want an extra bank holiday to celebrate England's success in the 2022 European Championship.
Earlier this week, Labour leader Keir Starmer backed calls for the Government to grant an extra bank holiday if England win the Euro 2022 final against Germany.
Starmer called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to give the public an extra day off if the Lionesses secure their first major silverware – and they did just that on Sunday with a dramatic 2-1 win.
"The whole country will be roaring on the Lionesses in the final on Sunday," Starmer told The Mirror.
"They have already done us proud, but if they win it will be a truly historic achievement - one that should be marked with a proper day of celebration, where clubs can open and promote access for women and girls."
Last summer, there were calls for the Prime Minister to grant an extra bank holiday if England beat Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, which ended in a penalty shootout win for the Azzurri.
The idea of the extra was understood to have been discussed in Government at the time, with Johnson refusing to rule out the idea.
"I think that would be tempting fate - let's see," he said at the time.
ENGLAND HAVE WON THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 🏆😍 pic.twitter.com/uGCdDKHxRu— SPORTbible (@sportbible) July 31, 2022
Former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch is among those calling for an extra bank holiday if England's women go one step further.
She told The Mirror: "The Lionesses have already made the nation so proud, blazing a trail for women's football everywhere.
"If we win on Sunday, let's give everyone a chance to celebrate with a special bank holiday as we said we would for the men. It's coming home!"
Liberal Democrats leader Sir Ed Davey has also backed the calls. He said: "If football comes home then the country must be allowed to celebrate it.
"Our Lionesses have already done England proud with their winning spirit and exciting playing style.
"I see no reason why the country can't come together and treasure an amazing sporting achievement."
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