Brexit: Fundraising appeal launched for Big Ben chimes

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An appeal to raise £500,000 by the weekend has been launched to ensure Big Ben chimes when the UK leaves the EU at 23:00 on 31 January.

The famous bell has only rung a few times since renovations began in 2017.

The PM’s spokesman said there could be “potential difficulties” using money raised from public donations.

But the Brexit Party’s Richard Tice said it would be “pretty feeble if we can’t organise for a bell to chime at this historic moment”.

StandUp4Brexit, the organisation behind the crowdfunder, says if it does not reach the target, the money will be donated to the Help For Heroes charity.