Boris Johnson plans Brexit laser show after Big Ben bong bid was blocked


BORIS Johnson will stage a laser show in Downing Street to mark leaving the EU as he battles Nigel Farage for the best party.

The PM will also light up Whitehall and deliver a special televised address to the nation to celebrate the historic day.

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The Government has unveiled its plans after the parliamentary authorities blocked his bid to get Big Ben to bong Britain out of Brussels.

Unveiling his own celebrations, Boris  has ordered that Union Jacks hang from every flagpole around London’s iconic Parliament Square.

While a special Brexit 50p coin will go into circulation with the PM one of the first to get one.

During the day, a special Cabinet will meet in the North of England to discuss the PM’s determination to “level up” the country.

And in the evening, Bojo will return to London where he will be in No10 to see the lasers and a clock counting down to the moment of Britain’s departure projected onto Downing Street.

A No10 insider said: “The PM wants the night to be about bringing people together and moving forward. We are avoiding triumphalism.”

Bojo is going toe to toe with fellow Leaver Mr Farage who is throwing a big celebration in Parliament Square on Brexit night.


The PM has snubbed an invite to speak at the bash.

The plans were unveiled amid a furious row after the parliamentary authorities blocked the use of public money to get Big Ben to chime at 11pm on Brexit Day.

Generous Brits have donated a whopping £224,000 towards the fund – nearly half the £500,000 Parliament says it needs to ring the bell.

Boris had urged Brits earlier this week to “bung a bob for a Big Ben bong”, but No10 insiders said the plan was ditched after “intrasigence” from the parliamentary authorities.

Tory MPs furiously accused the authorities of massively inflating the figure after it emerged it only cost £14,000 for it to toll on New Year’s Eve.

They called for Boris to overrule them and lay a motion in Parliament ordering that Big Ben chimes.

Tory MP and former leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said: “Nothing can replace the bell. No light shows, no laser beams, no parties.

“All the British people really want is for the bell – which has been sounded out in all the key moments of the nation’s history – to chime at 11pm when we leave the EU.”

Tory MP Mark Francois said: “These preparations are all very well, but they are no substitute for the most iconic clock in the world chiming out freedom.

“The least No10 should do is table a motion on Monday to compel the House of Commons authorities to make Big Ben chime.”

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