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UK Considering 2020 Public Holidays Changes

Source: YouGov (London)
Posted on Friday, February 22, 2019


The UK Prime Minister's official spokesman has announced that it was considering moving the 2020 early May bank holiday from Monday, May 4, 2020, to Friday, May 8, 2020, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2 in Europe.

Apparently, Business Secretary, Greg Clark, has written to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, asking for permission to move the holiday from Monday, May 4, to the Friday of that week, May 8, and Downing Street confirmed that there is a process for moving the date of a bank holiday through the "Banking and Financial Dealings Act", and that any changes to bank holidays would be announced by the Government to give people sufficient time to prepare.

The UK Cabinet had declared Friday, April 29, 2011, as a one-off public holiday in the UK for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (2010-11-23 and 2010-11-18), as was the case in 1981 on the occasion of the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.

One-off public holidays have also been declared for the Queen's Golden and Diamond jubilees (2009-12-27, 2001-06-19 and 2000-11-24).


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