the English hope for a public holiday if they win the final

The English are already thinking about the post-victory at the Euro. They play the final against Italy on Sunday at their Wembley stadium. And the big question across the Channel is simple: will we have a public holiday on Monday to celebrate the league title?

The English already see themselves winners of Euro football and hope for a public holiday to celebrate.
The English already see themselves winners of Euro football and hope for a public holiday to celebrate. © AFP / Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix

« Stay home if football’s coming home », stay home if football comes home. It is under this title that Lee Jones, an English citizen, launched a petition, as it is possible to do on the website of the Parliament, to demand that Monday July 12, 2021 be made a public holiday in the event of victory over Italy in the final of Euro football. Friday noon, we exceeded 330,000 signatures.

A question that pushed the political class to react. On London radio LBC, the Minister of the Economy found himself facing a journalist who begged him to grant this holiday. Rishi Sunak laughed and then dodged the question. « I hope you enjoy the extra 45 minutes in the pub. » Because the government has already shifted the legal closing time to Sunday evening, so that supporters are not kicked out before the end of the match in the event of extra time, or even penalties.

Boris Johnson does not say no

Three quarters of an hour longer at the pub, one more reason not to work the next day, according to an ITV columnist on Friday morning: “Come on, give us a holiday! Why don’t you give it to us? It’s a wonderful time in our country’s history. Much has been said about the national pride regained by Gareth Southgate and the national team. English pride with tolerance, compassion, decency, teamwork, community, all that! This is what we should celebrate with a good old British day off. « 

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Asked also about this burning debate on Friday, Boris Johnson took the tangent:

« It’s tempting. Let’s see what happens. »

The Prime Minister did not say more. The British Pub and Beer Association believes that over 7 million pints will be drunk on Sunday during the final. The English, very concerned about the party and the « hangover » of the next day, would almost forget a detail: to win the Euro and therefore celebrate the victory, you must first … beat Italy.

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