Wales but not Scotland would be offered a bank holiday if England win Euros, UK Government suggests
UK Government sources have suggested that Wales – but not Scotland – would be offered a bank holiday if England win the Euros on Sunday night.
Bank holidays require a royal proclamation and those in Scotland are already different to Wales and England. They celebrate an extra bank holiday on Hogmanay but not Easter Monday.
July 19 date has been suggested at Whitehall because it would be extremely difficult to organise one by Monday, as the result would not be known until at least 10pm.
Government sources told the Times that they are in effect in “uncharted territory” as no international football team from the UK had won a trophy in decades.
It is also expected that any bank holiday would be extended to Northern Ireland as well.
The prospect of being offered an extra bank holiday just because England won the Euros did not impress some Welsh commentators.
Columnist Theo Davies-Lewis said: “This is just totally crazy, but just as we have come to expect. Nothing for St David’s Day, obviously, and will only reinforce that Global Britain is becoming an increasingly English-focused project.”
Simon Webster asked: “If true, this is ridiculous. Would a bank holiday be announced (or even discussed) if Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland won a tournament? Doubt it.”
David Pedler asked: “So people in England want a bank holiday on Monday if England win. So if Italy wins can Wales have one instead?”
The Times reported that “talks about the right way to mark what would be just the second major tournament victory for the national team are at an early stage”.
However “the prime minister yesterday held open the possibility of a ninth bank holiday this year”.
“Bank holidays require a royal proclamation and officials are working out if the process could be expedited. It would probably extend to Wales and Northern Ireland, but not Scotland.”