Hopes that Big Ben could be a bong for Brexit have been knocked down by Parliament officials.
According to reports, the officials of the House of Commons told Number 10 that they could not accept public cash to pay for the repair of the historic milestone for the bell to be suspended.
The Prime Minister had asked the British to raise the £ 500,000 needed to restore the symbolic bell to mark the moment when Britain leaves the EU.
Boris Johnson had recently revealed that he is making plans to “ring a jolt” to sound the famous bell of Parliament at 11 p.m. on January 31.
The cash would go to restore the clapper of the Great Bell known as Big Ben, so it could ring in Brexit before its restoration is completed.
The bell was disconnected in 2017 to protect the audience of workers who restore the Elizabeth Tower.
But the House of Commons authorities told the Sun tonight that the crowdfunding approach to make Big Ben bong for Brexit be against the rules.
A spokesman told the newspaper: “There has been a suggestion that the cost of hitting the bell could be covered by donations made by the public. This would be an unprecedented approach.
“The House of Commons has well established means to vote through the necessary expenses to enable it to function and preserve its constitutional position in relation to the government.
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“Any new form of financing should be consistent with the principles of ownership and adequate supervision of public spending.”
The prime minister’s spokesman told the newspaper tonight that the Brexit moment would still be celebrated on January 31.
Downing Street was working on a “package of forms” to mark the day and announce plans in the near future, the spokesman said.
The Make Big Ben Bong campaign launched by Deputy Tory Mark Francois was backed by graduates and the head of the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage.
The GoFundMe page was managed by the StandUp4Brexit campaign group, and tonight it had reached more than £ 20,000 in donations.
It was not clear if donations would have to be returned.
The ‘Bung a bob for Big Ben’ Brexit campaign had attracted widespread ridicule.
SNP MP Stewart McDonald said: “A” global Britain “that has to run a crowdfunder to ring the bells of its most famous clock tower. We really are through the mirror.”