Brits could get four-day bank holiday weekend in August if England wins Euros

Brits demanding an extra bank holiday if England win the Euros could get a four-day weekend at the end of August.

The petition for the day off is the team win tonight's final against Italy has received over 35,700 signatures.

August 27, a Friday, could be an option for the bank holiday as it coincides with the final summer bank holiday on the following Monday, according to the Sun.

The man behind the petition, Lee Jones, argued that it was "beneficial and sensible" to give the country the day off – and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not ruled it out.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “I don’t want to pre-empt the outcome of Sunday’s match.

"Clearly, we want England to go all the way and win the final, and then we will set out our plans in due course.”

A day off in July is believed to be unlikely for hungover football fans as the Queen would need to call at an eleventh-hour meeting of the Privy Council from Windsor Castle in order to approve the plans.

Instead, the Telegraph reports that Cabinet ministers and Government sources suggested a preferred option was Friday, August 27 with the summer bank holiday on the following Monday.

However, around eight million lionhearts have booked the day off to recover from match-night boozing – double the amount that takes annual leave on a Monday in a typical July.

HR experts and unions have urged bosses to let staff take Monday off to avoid clashes with workers who will phone in sick if denied leave in statements released yesterday.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “After the last 16 months, all workers deserve an extra day off in appreciation of how they have gone the extra yard to help the UK through the pandemic.

“If that coincides with a holiday to mark England winning Sunday’s final, all the better.

"An extra bank holiday shouldn’t just be a one-off. Workers in the UK enjoy fewer bank holidays than their counterparts throughout the rest of Europe.

“A permanent extra bank holiday will give a long-term boost to industries such as hospitality and tourism which have been among the worst affected sectors during the pandemic.

“If the government does grant an extra bank holiday this year it should provide sufficient notice to ensure that workers can make plans and to ensure that frontline workers who are still required to work, are provided with an alternative date.

“It needs to be recognised that there remain sections of the economy which will not welcome an extra bank holiday and will try to ignore it and not give workers an extra paid day off.

“The government must take the necessary measures to ensure that all workers are guaranteed an extra day off.”

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