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England fans set for HUGE BOOST ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final showdown

As excitement mounts for the Euro 2024 semi-finals, England fans eagerly anticipating the clash between the Three Lions and the Netherlands on Wednesday will need to adjust to changes in pub opening hours.

This match, kicking off at 8pm UK time, could potentially stretch well beyond 10:30pm if it goes into extra time or penalties, posing a challenge for fans wishing to watch the game in pubs, which typically close by 11pm.

However, there’s good news for those planning to enjoy the game at their local watering holes. Government ministers have the power to extend licensing hours for occasions deemed of ‘exceptional national significance’.

This is particularly relevant as pubs in Glasgow are currently operating until 1am under a year-long trial by Glasgow City Council.

For Euro 2024, special provisions were put in place to extend pub opening hours until 1am if either England or Scotland advanced to the semi-finals.

This decision followed a consultation with the hospitality industry conducted last year, according to Sky News.

The proposals, after being debated and passed in Parliament, were enacted by James Cleverly, the Home Secretary at the time under the former Conservative Government.

This extension aims to ensure that fans can fully enjoy the high-stakes match without the interruption of pub closing times.

With England facing a formidable opponent in the Netherlands, the anticipation for a thrilling match is high.

The winner of this semi-final will face either Spain or France in the final on Sunday, adding to the importance and excitement surrounding the event.