World Cup 2018: Theresa May urged to back public holiday if England win as petition passes 200,000 signatures

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With the FIFA World Cup final falling on a Sunday, there will definitely be no shortage of people feeling a little worse for wear at work come Monday morning.

Unless, that is, the government could offer England fans – still anxiously waiting to find out whether their dreams of World Cup glory are still alive – a last-minute reprieve.

A petition calling for a national holiday if England win the World Cup has gathered more than 200,000 signatures.

The petition, posted by Liam Betson, states that the entire country should be given the Monday off work as the next day "will not be pleasant for all fans".

Jeremy Corbyn has previously called for a Bank Holiday if England win the tournament, and shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry has backed the plans.

Easily passing the magic number of 100,000, the petition will be debated by MPs following England’s semi-final clash with Croatia on 11 July.

As of yet, Downing Street has yet to comment on the proposed holiday. But with cabinet members resigning left, right and centre, Theresa May has her own team to worry about. But perhaps a national holiday could be the perfect distraction from Britain’s political woes?

Theresa, it’s over to you.

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