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Big Ben's bongs will be silenced on Brexit Day but campaigners want to raise £500,000 to get it going at 11pm on January 31
Clergy and bell ringers are up in arms over Brexiteer plans to peal church bells to mark Britain's 'independence' as it leaves the EU on January 31 while Boris Johnson's 'bung a bob for a Big Ben bong' plea also floundered today.
Crowdfunders have set up multiple fighting funds but none have raised more than £200 after Downing Street failed to launch an official campaign.
And Leave campaigners' calls for churches to chime across the nation when the UK leaves the EU at 11pm on January 31 were also being met with opposition by Church of England bishops and vicars.
Bell-ringing representatives also released a statement to say they do not endorse the act to be carried out in churches 'for political reasons' such as Brexit - Brexiteers have threatened to ignore them and 'do it anyway'.
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Ding dong over Brexit bongs as bishops denounce plan for peal of bells https://t.co/MnI7hOFs2I via @MailOnline
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