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Extra Bank Holiday on Monday plans in full as government gives update ahead of Spain vs England

Ollie Watkins celebrates for England
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England could be set for an unexpected and unscheduled bank holiday on Monday, July 15 if Sir Keir Starmer's previous comments are anything to go by. The new British prime minister has only been in power for a week and already has plenty to celebrate.

Although he was unable to watch Gareth Southgate lead his side into a second consecutive European Championship final, the Labour representative was reportedly keeping track of things from Dortmund on Wednesday night during a NATO meeting. However, with the Three Lions overcoming Holland, Starmer could have a big decision on his hands.

There have already been calls for a bank holiday to be put on ice should England go on to win just a second major trophy in their history. It comes as Southgate attempts to go one step further than at Euro 2020 (played in 2021).

Starmer has stopped short of confirming plans, adding that he didn't want to "jinx it" but he did reveal his thoughts. "We should certainly mark the occasion," he said at the NATO summit.

"I went to the last Euros finals. I don't want to go through that again so I don't want to jinx anything. We must mark it in someway but the most important thing is getting it over the line on Sunday." He added that he knew England were going to go "all the way."

Going back to 2021 when Starmer was leader of the opposition he also made quite a noise about getting a bank holiday in place had the Wembley final gone England's way. "The whole country is incredibly proud of what Gareth Southgate and our England heroes have achieved already," he said at the time." History has been made.

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"If we win on Sunday, the country should get the chance to celebrate it properly with an extra bank holiday, granted in the name of the England team. I’ve got a strong feeling, it’s coming home."

He was wrong on that occasion, but he wasn't alone in raising a possible bank holiday. Former Trades Union Congress general secretary Frances O'Grady was also on board.

She said: “If England bring it home on Sunday, the government should allow the country to celebrate by announcing a special bank holiday. But it can’t just be a one off. UK workers get fewer bank holidays than most of our European counterparts. The TUC has long called for more public holidays. So come on England!”

Thanks to Ollie Watkins and Co, who came from behind with one of the strongest performances of the tournament from England so, the opportunity is once again on the horizon. Starmer, writing on Twitter/X afterwards, showed his excitement and support.

"What a game @England and what a winner. Berlin here we come!"

The PM also posted online as he reacted to Harry Kane's first-half penalty equaliser. "Picked the right moment to pop out from NATO meetings and check the score..." he wrote. Next stop, Berlin.