Clock projection but no Big Ben ‘bong’ planned for Brexit Day

A light display will show the clock counting down to 11 p.m. local time, and government buildings around Whitehall will also be lit up, the spokeswoman told CNN in a statement.

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However, there are currently no plans in place for Big Ben to chime, a spokeswoman for the House of Commons told CNN on Saturday.

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The UK government had come under pressure to back a bid for Big Ben to chime at 11 p.m. on January 31.

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The iconic bell, which sits inside the 315-foot Elizabeth Tower, is currently being restored, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that the government was “working up a plan so people can bung a bob for a Big Ben bong” after Commons authorities ruled out the proposal because it could cost £500,000 (about $650,000), PA Media news agency reported.

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Several online fundraisers have been set up to fund the chimes, with one crowdfunder by StandUp4Brexit raising more than £250,000 (about $325,000).

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Conservative MP Mark Francois said in a statement that the GoFundMe campaign had been launched to raise money by public donation “so that Big Ben can chime to mark this momentous occasion.”

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“The natural choice for this would be Big Ben, but because it is currently undergoing refurbishment, special measures would have to be put in place, which could cost up to £500,000,” he said in a statement.

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As part of the plans for Brexit day, Johnson will give an address in the evening of January 31, Union flags will be flown in Parliament Square and a commemorative Brexit coin will be introduced into circulation, a spokesperson for Downing Street confirmed in a statement.

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