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UK Government considering new bank holiday in honour of the Queen – despite turning down one for St David’s Day

26 Apr 2022 3 minutes Read
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The UK Government is to consider proposals to create a new bank holiday in honour of the Queen – despite turning down one for St David’s Day.

People in the UK are already set for an extra day off on June 3, 2022 to mark the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee.

But campaigners have been calling to make the holiday permanent from 2023 – with the move backed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Hospitality UK, the Archbishop of Canterbury and others.

The Telegraph and The Express said the idea had now won the support of Chancellor Rishi Sunak, as well as Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie.

The move comes despite the UK Government rejecting calls for St David’s Day to be made a bank holiday in Wales In response to a petition which had been signed by over 12,000 people.

Responding to the petition, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said:   “Although an additional bank holiday may benefit some communities and sectors, the cost to the economy of an additional bank holiday remains considerable.

“The latest analysis estimates the cost for a one-off bank holiday (across the whole of the UK) to be around £2bn.

“The Government regularly receives requests for additional bank and public holidays to celebrate a variety of occasions. However, the current pattern of bank holidays is well established and accepted.”

‘Supportive’

However, the PA news agency understands that Mr Sunak is yet to consider the proposals – although he intends to.

The new “thank holiday” would recognise the Queen’s “extraordinary service”, as well as people’s efforts to support their communities, especially over the last two years.

The Telegraph reported that Mr Sunak had asked the Treasury for formal advice on the suggestion.

The newspaper also said Downing Street had asked the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to carry out a review of the matter.

It cited a source as saying: “The Treasury is not saying no off the bat despite previously being institutionally allergic to the idea of a new bank holiday.

“Rishi is supportive of the campaign and the thought behind it and has asked for all the projected costs.”

The Express also reported that the Chancellor was “looking at proposals carefully”.

It has previously been reported that Mr and Mrs Johnson are supportive of the move.

No 10 and the Treasury have been approached for comment.


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The Original Mark
The Original Mark
25 days ago

There are a number of public holidays that are not recognised around all the UK, The Westminster cabal can declare whatever public holiday they like. It does not have to be recognised in Wales. But isn’t it typical, the Westminster cabal can find the money for an english empire inspired public holiday, but not for Wales.

Llinos
Llinos
25 days ago

The move has been supported by flag waving unionist lawbreakers in Government. Well there is a shock.
Liz2 will need an enema soon, to try and dislodge all the Unionist lickspittles trying to live up her bottom.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
25 days ago
Reply to  Llinos

Deborah Meaden (dragons den) and other business leaders have said they’re in favour to have the bank holiday made permanent because………… it will benefit those sectors that have been hit the hardest by all the lockdowns, the hospitality sector. So just imagine the boost Wales could have if we had our own public holiday, Just show’s how out of touch the westminster cabal is. Annibyniaeth!

CJPh
CJPh
25 days ago

No more of this – Rhyddid i Gymru, nawr ac yn fythol.

Nia James
Nia James
25 days ago

They really are taking the p now.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
25 days ago

Gain independence and make St David’s day a bank holiday. It’s the only way.

Paul
Paul
25 days ago

I’m sure this idea will go down well in Northern Ireland. Forcing the republican communities to observe a forced celebration of British monarchy can only go well. Conversely if they don’t apply this holiday to Northern Ireland the Unionist community will be outraged to be different from Great Britain.

Conservatives always shout about “dangerous nationalists” but they are the most dangerous nationalists in the UK.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
25 days ago

The English imperialist Conservatives Wales-only agenda has never been so blatant. We were denied the right to create a St’ David’s Day National Holiday with excuses galore now want to foist an additional Bank Holiday on us to celebrate the Queen? No thank you. I’d rather do something more productive with my precious time, perhaps help staff a food bank or litter pick our streets & National parks than celebrate a woman who has never lifted a finger, paid a bill or grafted in her entire charmed life. But If this becomes a reality will see both Scotland & NI… Read more »

Gareth
Gareth
25 days ago

Unionist bootlickers want a holiday for their outdated living in the past queen, while Antigua has informed them they wish to become a republic how ironic.

Bluebirds fan
Bluebirds fan
25 days ago

This Unionist drivel is getting beyond a joke now. It really is time to go for indy.

Quornby
Quornby
25 days ago

Mmm all that “extraordinary” acceptance of know-towing toadies must be exhausting for the world’s most cosseted woman.

Quornby
Quornby
25 days ago

They could call it “silly old biddy day”.

Llyn
Llyn
25 days ago

Beyond the lies and contempt this move would expose in the UK Govs dealings with the request for a St Davids Day holiday, the most depressing aspect of this report is the fact that the support of Carrie Johnson for the holiday is seen as in any way important. In a functioning parliamentary democracy the wishes of the prime ministers wife would be utterly irrelevant.

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