The Prime Minister has come under pressure to consider a one-off day off in the event of the Three Lions winning the tournament after defeating Denmark 2-1 at Wembley in Wednesday’s semi-final.
According to The Sun, officials have been drawing up proposals for a national day off so fans can celebrate England’s victory (hypothetically).
And, asked during a visit to energy company Bulb’s central London headquarters on Thursday about the prospect of a bank holiday if England beat Italy in the final, Mr Johnson said: “I think that would be tempting fate; let’s see what happens.”
The 57-year-old PM has reportedly ruled out the possibility for a surprise bank holiday on Monday because it would be too close to the final for bosses to grant at the last minute.
The idea came after Lee Jones set up a petition on Thursday asking the Prime Minister to grant a last-minute Bank Holiday in the event of the Three Lions beating Italy at Wembley on Sunday night.
Up to now it has more than 300,000 signatures.
The petition reads: “Sunday 8pm is a difficult time for families to plan to be together for the event – knowing we have an additional day off the next day would significantly help this.
“Furthermore, a historic win should be celebrated. It would be expected for the winning team to parade the trophy, and a bank holiday would be a perfect time to do this.
“Also, English people would naturally want to continue to enjoy the win, giving the retail and leisure industry a much-needed opportunity to make up lost revenues.”
England’s football team are now just one historic win away from their first major silverware since 1966 after their 2-1 triumph over Denmark on Wednesday (7 July).
Mr Johnson, who watched the game at Wembley with his wife Carrie, has wished the national men’s team the ‘very best’ ahead of the final.
Downing Street has said it will set out any celebrations such as a victory parade for the England team ‘in due course’, but has not confirmed whether plans for a potential bank holiday are in motion behind the scenes.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “I don’t want to pre-empt the outcome of Sunday’s match. Clearly we want England to go all the way and win the final, and then we will set out our plans in due course.”