‘Get properly on the lash’: Tory Lord announces law for pubs to stay open late during Euros

Football fans will be able to get “properly on the lash”, a Tory Lord said as he passed an order to extend licensing hours during the European Championships.

The order to the Licensing Act 2003 (UEFA European Football Championship Licensing Hours) will extend sales of alcohol if either England or Scotland reach the semi-final or the final of the Euros, meaning premises will be allowed to remain open until 1am without having to notify the licensing authority.

Conservative peer Lord Sharpe of Epsom, told the Lords on Friday (24 May): “So much of the business at the Home Offices is difficult, so it gives me particular pleasure that my last outing basically enables people to get properly on the lash.

Lord Sharpe’s comments were met with laughter.