Church leaders divided on Brexit bell ringing to celebrate leaving EU | 1/18/2020 | Staff
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Brexit supporters' desire to have church bells ring in celebration of the United Kingdom formally leaving the European Union is not proving to be a unifying moment among church leaders.

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Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's landslide election victory in December, where the Tory party gained 48 seats in Parliament and was seen as a contest centering on Brexit, many campaigners and parliamentarians said they wanted to hear church bells ring at 9 a.m. on Feb. 1 to mark the first day of being untethered to the EU, the U.K. Sunday Times reported.

Many also wanted Big Ben to chime at 11 p.m. on Jan. 31 to indicate the moment Brexit happens but that might not happen given that the iconic clock tower has been silenced for years to perform repairs. Although its bongs are not expected to be sounded until 2021, Johnson said Tuesday that it might be possible to crowdfund £500,000 ($651,533) needed to restore the bell’s clapper and delay the refurbishment work.

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“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,” Johnson said.

As of Sunday morning, supporters have raised over £260,800.

StandUp4Brexit - Organization - Crowdfunder - Target - Money

"StandUp4Brexit, the organization behind the crowdfunder, says if it does not reach the target, the money will be donated to veterans' charity Help For Heroes," the BBC reported.

Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice told the BBC's "Today" program that he did not believe the £500,000 figure was correct, noting that the government made sure Ben Ben rang on New Year's Eve.

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