LONDON (Reuters) – Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has won his bid to hold a party on Brexit night in front of parliament with speeches, music and possibly the chimes of the Big Ben bell on the day when Britain is due to leave the European Union.
FILE PHOTO: British Union Jack flag flies in front of the clock face of Big Ben in London, Britain August 29, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo
The Brexit-supporting campaign group “Leave Means Leave” said it had been successful in an application to take over Parliament Square on the evening of Jan. 31, the moment Brexit is due to take place.
“It is a big moment in the history of this nation to celebrate,” Farage said on Wednesday.
The party is likely to be one of the photographed events to mark the moment when Britain ends almost half a century of integration with the bloc.
The decision to grant permission for the event comes as the government has yet to explain its own plan to commemorate Brexit. So far the government has refused public funds to ensure that Big Ben, which is currently being renovated, can ring out at the moment of Britain’s departure.
Farage has complained that plans to hol