Leave Means Leave 'granted permission to hold Brexit party' in Parliament Square on 31 January

James MorrisSenior news reporter, Yahoo News UK
Nigel Farage speaking at a Leave Means Leave rally (PA)
Nigel Farage speaking at a Leave Means Leave rally (PA)

The Leave Means Leave campaign group has been granted permission to hold a Brexit party in Westminster on 31 January, Nigel Farage has said.

Mr Farage said the “Brexit celebration” will take place in Parliament Square to mark the moment the UK leaves the EU at 11pm.

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“It is a big moment in the history of this nation to celebrate,” Brexit Party leader Mr Farage posted on Twitter on Wednesday.

Leave Means Leave, a cross-party campaign group, has also called for Boris Johnson to appear on stage “to mark the extraordinary date”.

Its brexitcelebration.com website had already started inviting people to register their interest before getting permission to hold the event.

The site also features a ticker counting down the seconds until Brexit happens.

Parliament Square has been the scene of numerous pro and anti-Brexit protests since the 2016 referendum (AP)
Parliament Square has been the scene of numerous pro and anti-Brexit protests since the 2016 referendum (AP)

On Tuesday, Mr Johnson also floated the prospect of Big Ben “bonging” at the 11pm departure time.

He said it would cost £500,000, but that members of the public may be able to donate money to pay for it.

The prime minister told the BBC: "We're working up a plan so people can bung a bob for a Big Ben bong, because there are some people who want to.

Boris Johnson was pressed on whether Big Ben should bong for Brexit in a BBC interview (PA)
Boris Johnson was pressed on whether Big Ben should bong for Brexit in a BBC interview (PA)

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