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The news that the Leave Means Leave Brexit party will go ahead in Parliament Square on 31 October will no doubt revitalise the campaign to get Big Ben chiming on the night. Two newspapers, the Sun and the Daily Express, are running front page stories today about Boris Johnson supposedly backing a crowdfunding plan to raise the £500,000 cost – even though, as my colleague Peter Walker reports in his story on this, the plan does not exist.

On ITV’s Good Morning Britain this morning the Tory Brexiter Mark Francois claimed that the £500,000 needed could be raised from the public within days. He said:

It seems to me and many of my colleagues in the House of Commons patently daft that we have got the most iconic clock in the world – literally, it’s a world heritage site – that that should stay silent on this occasion.

EXPRESS: Big Ben MUST bong for Brexit #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/CFixxSlw2Y

Nigel Farage, the Brexit party leader, has said that the party Leave Means Leave is planning for Parliament Square to celebrate Brexit on the night of 31 January is going ahead.

BREAKING

Leave Means Leave have been given approval to hold an event in Parliament Square on 31st January. Great news!

It is a big moment in the history of this nation to celebrate.

Register now at https://t.co/rVfGTMWOTn

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Author: Andrew Sparrow | Source

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