PUBS will be allowed to open until 11:15pm on Sunday night – in case the Euros final goes to extra time and penalties, The Sun can reveal.
Boris Johnson this morning signed off plans for extra drinking time this weekend regardless of whether England make Sunday night’s Wembley showdown.
An emergency tweak of the law will be put forward to the Commons imminently to allow pubs to open for an extra 45 minutes serving on Final day.
Normally they have to shut at 10:30pm on a Sunday but that risked fans – hopefully Three Lions ones – being turfed out if the showdown goes long.
And the change to the law will happen regardless of whether England make the final after their crunch Semis clash with the Danes tomorrow evening.
If the Three Lions are victorious tomorrow evening they will meet the winner of tonight’s last four decider between Spain and favourites Italy at Wembley on Sunday evening at 8pm.
But given Covid means a cap on the number of fans at the home of football, millions of Brits are hoping to cheer on England from the boozer.
Last night Boris Johnson urged the nation to support the boys “enthusiastically but sensibly”, but Downing Street was worried of upheaval if drinkers were turfed onto the streets at a crunch moment.
A No10 source said: “As the entire nation comes together to enjoy the Euros final on Sunday, we’re putting extra time on licenses so fans can watch the whole game without fear of being kicked out before it’s over.
“And we’re backing England to make it there.”