'Bung a bob for a Big Ben bong' on Brexit night under Government plans

Britons may be able to "bung a bob for a Big Ben bong" on Brexit night under plans being drawn up by the Government, Boris Johnson has said.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Monday, 20th January 2020, 9:24 am

The famous bell was temporarily silenced in 2017 for the safety of workers involved in a four-year restoration scheme of the Elizabeth Tower.

But there have been calls for it to chime at 11pm on January 31 to mark Britain's departure from the European Union.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson on BBC Breakfast this morning (BBC Breakfast/PA Wire)

The expanded budget stems from the need to put in and remove a temporary floor in order to ring the bell.

However the Prime Minister, in an interview with BBC Breakfast, said the Government was working up a plan to fund the costs to enable the bell to chime.

"The bongs cost £500,000 but we're working up a plan so people can bung a bob for a Big Ben bong because there are some people who want to," he said.

"Because Big Ben is being refurbished, they seem to have taken the clapper away, so we need to restore the clapper in order to bong Big Ben on Brexit night.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on BBC Breakfast this morning (PA Wire/BBC Breakfast)

"And that is expensive, so we're looking at whether the public can fund it."