News World Brexit celebrations approved to mark UK's last moments in the EU

Brexit celebrations approved to mark UK’s last moments in the EU

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has won his bid to hold a party on Brexit night in front of parliament with speeches, music and possibly the chimes of the Big Ben bell on the day when Britain is due to leave the European Union.

The Brexit-supporting campaign group “Leave Means Leave” said it had been successful in an application to take over Parliament Square on the evening of Jan. 31, the moment Brexit is due to take place.

“It is a big moment in the history of this nation to celebrate,” Farage said on Wednesday.

The party is likely to be one of the photographed events to mark the moment when Britain ends almost half a century of integration with the bloc.

The decision to grant permission for the event comes as the government has yet to explain its own plan to commemorate Brexit. So far the government has refused public funds to ensure that Big Ben, which is currently being renovated, can ring out at the moment of Britain’s departure.

Farage has complained that plans to hold the party are being undermined by officials opposed to Britain’s departure from the world’s biggest trading bloc.

On Tuesday, Farage said they had been struggling to gain permission to hold a five-minute firework display as part of the celebrations. He said permission had been denied to launch fireworks from a government building, the River Thames and St James’ Park.

“But do you know something? We’re not giving up on trying,” he told his LBC radio show. “We will mark this moment in history, I promise you.”

A spokesman for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said provisional approval has been given for the event to take place.

More than 12,000 people have already applied for tickets.

A separate row has taken place over whether Big Ben, which has been silenced for renovation work on the Elizabeth Tower, can chime on the night.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it might be possible to crowdfund the 500,000-pound cost of restoring the bell’s clapper and delaying refurbishment work.

Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice said if it is not possible to allow the bell to ring out they will play the sound of the bell on a speaker system.

(Reuters)

Top Stories

Fylaktou: CING testing rate for Covid-19 highest in the world per capita

The number of samples tested daily for Covid-19 at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics is the highest in the world per capita,...

Animal Party: Pet owners can leave home without SMS

Pet owners can leave their home with their pets without SMS permission provided they stay close by, Animal Party Cyprus said on Tuesday. In an...

Foreign ministry publishes contact details of doctors for Cypriots abroad

The Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday the launch of a collaboration with doctors abroad available to Cypriots should the need arise. The measure focuses on...

Shops to close on April 1

All shops will be closed on April 1, which is a national holiday, the Labour Ministry has announced. It said that all general shops must...

28 Covid-19 patients at Famagusta Hospital

A total of 28 patients are being treated for Covid-19 at Famagusta General Hospital in Paralimni. Five are in the increased care unit. The hospital...

Taste

Village olive pie

Mix the yeast with the lukewarm water and put it aside for about 12-15 minutes to settle.  Sift the flour with the salt into...

Skordalia (Garlic paste)

Rinse the potatoes and place, unpeeled, in a saucepan. Cover with water, add salt and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes until soft. Drain,...

Village salad

A must-have with every meal is a village salad. You will find it in every tavern or greek restaurant you visit in Cyprus. Make...

Courgettes with eggs

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the courgettes at a medium heat until they soften. Add salt and add the eggs....