Big Ben WON’T bong as Commons chiefs refuse to give Brexiteers the chance to celebrate

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COMMONS chiefs were last night refusing to allow Big Ben to bong for Brexit despite campaigners raising more than £125,000 towards reactivating the famous chime. Cash from more than 7,000 donors yesterday poured into an appeal set up to fund the maintenance required to make Westminster’s iconic bell, currently silenced by refurbishment work on Parliament’s Elizabeth Tower, ring as the UK leaves the EU at the end of the month.

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COMMONS chiefs were last night refusing to allow Big Ben to bong for Brexit despite campaigners raising more than £125,000 towards reactivating the famous chime. Cash from more than 7,000 donors yesterday poured into an appeal set up to fund the maintenance required to make Westminster’s iconic bell, currently silenced by refurbishment work on Parliament’s Elizabeth Tower, ring as the UK leaves the EU at the end of the month.

Officials have claimed reactivating Big Ben could cost up to £500,000, though the sum is disputed by Brexit supporters and ministers.

In an extraordinary cash surge, the appeal set up by the Stand Up For Brexit campaign group on the GoFundMe crowd-funding site raised more than a quarter of the £500,000 target within 24 hours.

It became the fastest-growing fund on the site.

Money flooded in after the Prime Minister earlier this week suggested that members of the public could “bung a bob for a Big Ben bong.”

But Mr Johnson’s spokesman yesterday said that the Government was now concentrating on separate plans to mark Brexit because the House of Commission had indicated public funding rules could ban accepting the cash.

“The House of Commons authorities have set out that there may be potential difficulties in accepting money from public donations.

“I think the PM’s focus is on the events which he and the Government are planning to mark January 31. It’s a significant moment in our history and we want to ensure that’s properly recorded.”

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