BRITS could net a four-day bank holiday in August if England wins the European Championship tomorrow evening.
Friday, August 27 is reportedly the most likely option because it would already coincide with the last summer bank holiday on the following Monday.
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A petition calling for a bank holiday if England wins the Euros on Sunday has passed a whopping 357,000 signatures — in just over 24 hours.
The man behind the call, Lee Jones, organised the petition just yesterday after arguing it was “beneficial and sensible” to give the country the day off.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have added their names — and Boris Johnson refused to rule out a day off for millions of hungover workers.
But despite the growing calls, the Daily Telegraph reports that senior Government sources said it would be practically impossible.
The newspaper was told granting a Monday off would be logistically unlikely.
This is because the Queen would need to call at an eleventh-hour meeting of the Privy Council from Windsor Castle in order to approve the plans.
Some reports have suggested July 19 could be one option.
But ministers are reportedly against this because it would not offer enough time for businesses to prepare — plus this is the day the work from home guidance is lifted.
Others point out England squad members could be on holiday so it could be difficult to stage a victory parade.
Instead, the Telegraph reports two sources saying Cabinet ministers and Government sources suggested a preferred option was Friday, August 27 with the summer bank holiday on the following Monday.
About eight million lionhearts have booked the day off to recover from monster hangovers after Sunday night’s do-or-die decider against Italy.
Fan fever led to around one in four of the nation’s 32m workers scheduling annual leave on Monday — double the number on normal Mondays in July.
And plenty of bosses will be lenient with their staff, while some schools say kids can come in late on Monday without punishment.
HR experts and unions yesterday urged bosses to let staff take Monday off to avoid clashes with workers who will phone in sick if denied leave.