Petition for bank holiday if England win Euros reaches 300,000 signatures

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 Fans chant slogans watch the Euro 2020 semi-final final match between England and Denmark.
After 55 years without a major football trophy England fans watch the euro 2020 semi-final final match between England and Denmark at Wembley. After a 2-1 win they move on to the final against Italy. (Photo by Martin Pope / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A petition has been launched calling for the day after the Euro 2020 final to be made a Bank Holiday if England wins. (PA)

More than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for the day after the Euro 2020 final to be declared a bank holiday if England win the tournament.

The petition was set up on the parliament website on Thursday and by Friday had already hit the 300,000 mark and rising.

Any petition that passes 100,000 signatures can be considered and debated by Parliament. 

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Lee Jones, who set up the petition, wrote: "Sunday 8pm is a difficult time for families to plan to be together for the event – knowing we have an additional day off the next day would significantly help this.

"Furthermore, a historic win should be celebrated. It would be expected for the winning team to parade the trophy, and a bank holiday would be a perfect time to do this.

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"Also, English people would naturally want to continue to enjoy the win, giving the retail and leisure industry a much-needed opportunity to make up lost revenues."

England face Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday after beating Denmark on Wednesday night

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Harry Kane of England scores from the rebound of a missed penalty for their team's second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
Harry Kane clinched victory for England with a goal against Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday. (Getty)

The final is an historic moment for the country's men's team, who last reached a major final in 1966. The women's side reached the final, but couldn't clinch victory, in both Euro 1984 and 2009.

Asked on Sky News about the possibility of Monday being a bank holiday, transport secretary Grant Shapps said: "I wouldn't want to jinx it is what I'd say.

"Not in my lifetime, I don't think in yours, have we been in this position. I don't want to say anything that's going to make any presumptions at all.

"Good luck to England on Sunday, we'll all be right behind you."

Watch: How England made the Euro 2020 final

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