Calls for extra bank holiday if England wins Euro 2024 final against Spain

A fan holds an England scarf over their head in a stadium
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Calls have begun for an extra bank holiday if England wins Euro 2024.

The call by the Liberal Democrats comes ahead of Sunday's final between Gareth Southgate's team and Spain, after England claimed a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer is expected to watch the game in Berlin, following his attendance at Wednesday's semi-final from the Nato summit in Washington DC.

Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey stated: "The Three Lions are playing their first ever final on foreign soil, and if they bring it home, the Government should bring home a bank holiday to celebrate. England deserves the chance to celebrate a once-in-a-generation event. Who knows, we might even get decent weather."

This isn't the first time the Lib Dems have proposed a temporary bank holiday. They led similar calls last year when the England women's team reached the World Cup final, only to be defeated by Spain with a 1-0 victory.

As opposition leader, Sir Keir threw his support behind calls for an additional bank holiday, should the Lionesses secure a win.

In 2022, two special one-day bank holidays were observed across the UK - one for the Queen's platinum jubilee, and another for her funeral.

The King's coronation in May 2023 also warranted a bank holiday.