Parliament refuses to accept crowdfunded money to make Big Ben bong for Brexit
- Credit: PA Archive/PA Images
Officials at the Houses of Parliament have thwarted Mark Francois and Boris Johnson's bid to make Big Ben bong on January 31st - by refusing to accept public cash to pay for it.
Boris Johnson had backed calls from hardline Brexiteers like Mark Francois to work to ensure the clock's bells ring out at 11pm on Brexit day.
Taxpayers' money had been ruled out to pay for the stunt, but Johnson proposed that the public instead crowdfund the cash.
But now according to The Sun officials at the Houses of Parliament said there is "no legal basis" to accept public donations.
They claim that any works carried out on parliament must come from the government themselves where there is accountability.
You may also want to watch:
A House of Commons spokesperson told the newspaper: "There has been a suggestion that the cost of striking 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 of voting through the expenditure required to allow it to function, and to preserve its constitutional position in relation to government.
- 1 Piers Morgan must expose the government's Brexit betrayal
- 2 Public slams Brexit Party tweet which shames Tory MPs who voted against free school meals
- 4 Peers set to remove law-breaking sections of Boris Johnson's Brexit bill
- 5 Boris Johnson 'frantically repositioning' himself for Donald Trump to lose election
- 6 UKIP set to select 'Dr Gammons' as candidate for London mayoral election
- 7 James Cleverly mocked after telling people to 'look at how they're doing in Wales'
- 8 Boris Johnson warned majority will be 'wiped out' over treatment towards north of England
- 9 Michel Barnier postpones Brussels return as Brexit trade talks in London continue
- 10 Minister says Dido Harding is working '19-hours a day' on Test and Trace
"Any novel form of funding would need to be consistent with principles of propriety and proper oversight of public expenditure."
Tory MP Mark Francois said he would not be defeated by "bureaucratic refuseniks".
He said: "There is already considerable scepticism among MPs about the £500,000 cost which many feel has been deliberately exaggerated.
"In any event, if the British public raise half a million pounds in the next few days and these bureaucratic refuseniks still fail to comply, then I hope the government will pass a formal motion ordering them to do so."