Tip News

July 10, 2020

Big Ben to bong for Brexit? British MPs hope so - Tip News

Big Ben to bong for Brexit? British MPs hope so

Big Ben to bong for Brexit? British MPs hope so
'Big Ben has been silent since August 2017 because of major renovations scheduled to last four years' - By: AFP Chris J Ratcliffe

A group of eurosceptic lawmakers has revived an attempt to get Big Ben to chime for Britain's departure from the European Union, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Thursday.

Some 50 MPs, led by Mark Francois of the hardline anti-EU European Research Group, are backing the request, before an expected formal request to parliament, it said.

The famous bell, housed in the Elizabeth Tower of the Palace of Westminster in central London, has been silent since August 2017 because of major renovations scheduled to last four years.

An exception is made for Remembrance Sunday and the New Year.

Francois and others tried to get approval for it to ring out on the first Brexit date of March 29 this year but the move was blocked by the then-House of Commons speaker John Bercow.

Now Bercow has been replaced, Francois told the Telegraph it was a "new era", and "inconceivable... that Big Ben would not form part of a national celebration to leave the EU".

Britain is due to leave the bloc on January 31, nearly four years after a referendum on membership that has divided the country.

Francois called for the public to support the move "so that our national icon of Big Ben will chime to mark the fact that we are again a free country".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday said Britain's departure from the EU would lead to "a new golden age" for Britain and an "over-arching programme of national renewal".

He has also previously claimed it would lead to a baby boom.

"Cupid's darts will fly once we get Brexit done," he told The Sunday Times newspaper in an interview. "Romance will bloom across the whole nation."

Short link: https://tipnews.com/u/MTE3NjU3

See also:

Related articles

Bolivia's interim president Anez says she has coronavirus

Bolivia's interim president Anez says she has coronavirus

Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez announced Thursday that she has tested positive for coronavirus."I've tested positive for COVID-19, I'm fine, I will work from isolation," she tweeted.The 53-year-old said in a video on Twitter that she would remai

No regrets: wounded Hong Kong police vow to keep enforcing law

No regrets: wounded Hong Kong police vow to keep enforcing law

Nine months ago he was burned by corrosive liquid hurled during anti-government protests, but Hong Kong police officer Ling says he has no regrets and remains devoted to being a law enforcer.Officers like Ling have formed the spear tip of Beijing's pushback a

Serbians protest for third day over virus handling

Serbians protest for third day over virus handling

Thousands of people protested Thursday for a third day across Serbia against the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic after two nights of violence.Unlike the two previous days, Thursday's protests largely passed off peacefully.Protesters sat on

Hopes and fears as polarised Poles choose president

Hopes and fears as polarised Poles choose president

A farmer and father of five, Grzegorz Myszak is crystal clear about his reasons for backing Poland's right-wing President Andrzej Duda on Sunday in a knife-edge run-off against liberal Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski.Allied with the populist Law and Justice (P



HELLO, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO RATE THIS POST Big Ben to bong for Brexit? British MPs hope so

Sending comment Close