Brexiteers’ focus on London for January 31st celebrations shows their promises ring hollow

Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, at the House of Commons in Westminster. Photograph: Victoria

Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, at the House of Commons in Westminster. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA. - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Readers question the decision for politicians to centre their Brexit celebrations around London.

If the Brexiters want a bell-ringing party, why don't they hold it in Grimsby, Sunderland, Stoke etc rather than the cradle of the metropolitan elite?

I suspect we know the answer: now Johnson and Farage have got what they wanted out of the neglected populations of these places, they will never think of them again.

Steve Blakey, Manchester


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The bizarre story of the Big Ben bells makes it clear that Brexiteers are interested only in symbolism and not financial reality. The idea of wasting £500,000 on this at a time when food bank use is at record levels is revolting.

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I wholeheartedly applaud members of the clergy who have decided not to allow their church bells to be rung for Brexit. It's no cause for celebration in the way that bells have been rung historically.

In this way, the church will maintain its dignity, impartiality and remain open to all.

David Perrin, Bridgend

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