Boris Johnson Rules Out Bank Holiday For Brits To Celebrate Lionesses Euros Win
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The Lionesses made history when they beat Germany 2-1 at Wembley last night (31 July), when hundreds of thousands of people tuned in to watch Ella Toone and Chloe Kelly score the goals that led the team to victory.
Johnson was among those watching the game as he tweeted a picture of himself with his children and later posted a tweet congratulating the team, writing: "Football has come home! A stunning victory by the @Lionesses."
Football has come home! A stunning victory by the @Lionesses.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 31, 2022
Huge congratulations to Sarina, Leah and the whole team. Football pitches across the country will be filled as never before by girls and women inspired by your triumph.
The PM, who announced his resignation last month, added: "Huge congratulations to Sarina, Leah and the whole team. Football pitches across the country will be filled as never before by girls and women inspired by your triumph."
The result prompted many Brits to call for a bank holiday so they could celebrate without the fear of work hanging over them, and though Johnson joined the country in celebrating the win, unfortunately he doesn't feel the need to take an entire day off to mark it.
Hopes for a bank holiday were dashed as an official spokesperson for the prime minister commented: "We all want to celebrate the Lionesses' win but there are no plans to change the current pattern of public bank holidays."
Johnson came under fire after he posted the picture of himself watching the game unfold from the comfort of his own home, with some questioning if he couldn't be bothered to travel to watch the women's team after previously attending the men's Euros final at Wembley last year in person.
In response to the accusations, the PM's spokesperson said: "The Prime Minister did watch the game at home along with 17.4m other people."
They added that Johnson would 'definitely want [the team] to get they recognition they deserve'.
When asked if this meant he would back damehoods for the team, they continued: "The Prime Minister would definitely want to see the team receive the recognition they rightly deserve for their historic victory.
"On honours specifically, there is obviously a process that is a matter for the independent honours committee, but clearly the public want to see (the) Lionesses receive recognition."
England's team captain Leah Williamson described the victory as 'the proudest moment of [her] life', adding: "I just can't stop crying."
She went on to say the moment was one she would be 'reliving for a long time'.