Boris Johnson is promising to have fun Brexit night on 31 January with mild reveals, Union Jack flags flying and a clock counting down to 11pm – but no Big Ben bongs.
The prime minister will make a particular TV deal with to the nation, the cupboard will meet within the north of England and a commemorative Brexit coin will come into circulation the next day.
But to the dismay of Brexiteer Tory MPs, Downing Street has confirmed that the celebrations won’t embrace the chiming of the Big Ben bell – at present out of service – inside Parliament’s Elizabeth Tower.
Despite practically half the £500,000 price being donated after the PM referred to as on the general public to “bung a bob for a Big Ben bong”, the House of Commons authorities have thwarted the crowdfunding marketing campaign.
In a press release on the federal government’s Brexit day plans, Downing Street mentioned: “31 January is a big second in our historical past because the United Kingdom leaves the EU and regains its independence.
“The authorities intends to use this as a second to heal divisions, re-unite communities and look ahead to the nation that we wish to construct over the following decade.
“On 31 January, a particular cupboard will happen outdoors of London. Ministers will meet in a venue within the north of England.
“They will discuss the PM’s levelling up agenda and how this government plans to spread prosperity and opportunity across our great Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”
And on the celebrations, Downing Street mentioned: “In the night, the prime minister is predicted to communicate to the nation in a particular deal with.
“No 10 is ready to mark the hour itself with a lightweight show in Downing Street, together with a clock counting down to 11pm projected on to the black bricks of Downing Street. Buildings round Whitehall can even be lit up.
“In response to public calls, the Union Jack will be flown on the entire flag poles in Parliament Square.
“The commemorative Brexit coin can even come into circulation on the day we depart the EU. The prime minister is predicted to be one of many first to obtain the brand new coin on the day, which reads ‘Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations’.”
The Downing Street announcement got here on the finish of every week through which critics claimed the dealing with of the preparations by the federal government and the commons authorities had descended right into a fiasco.
After the PM’s “bung a bob” proposal in a TV interview on Tuesday, pro-Brexit MPs and campaigners launched an enchantment to increase the £500,000 which Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle claimed the bongs would price.
But as public donations poured in, the House of Commons Commission, chaired by the speaker, dominated that the cash couldn’t be used due to parliamentary laws on monetary donations.
Government sources blamed the “intransigence” of the Commons authorities for the impasse and a few pro-Brexit ministers claimed the fee’s block on the bongs was a “Remainer plot”.
Millionaire Arron Banks and the Leave Means Leave group have donated £50,000 to the Big Ben crowdfunding marketing campaign, which has now raised greater than £240,000.
Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage hit out on the prime minister over his dealing with of the Big Ben challenge and his response to the bongs marketing campaign led by Brexiteer Tory MP Mark Francois.
“Boris Johnson has misled people into donating money into the Mark Francois initiative and I should think people are pretty angry about that,” mentioned Mr Farage.
“And on an even bigger degree, why is it the federal government has no intention of marking or celebrating Brexit in any respect – when in any case, this was the difficulty that received them the election and gave them a majority?
“And it appears to me they’re embarrassed by Brexit and it makes me ask the query how a lot they actually consider in it.”
He mentioned the shortage of assist for the Big Ben marketing campaign was a really worrying signal, including: “I can see us being mocked everywhere in the world: ‘Britain leaves the EU and so they cannot even get a clock to ring’.”
The Brexit Party chief mentioned he didn’t suppose ringing Big Ben would be seen as triumphalist, but as an “vital image to mark a giant second in our historical past”.