Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle says ‘Big Ben can chime to mark Britain’s EU departure’

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the new speaker of the House of Commons, has said he will allow Big Ben to ring out to mark Brexit on January 31.

As reported by The Telegraph, the intervention comes as more than 50 MPs have now signed an early day motion calling for the bell to ring out at 11pm on January 31.

Sir Lindsay explained to the Sunday Telegraph: “If the House wants to do it the House will do it.

“I’m not sure whether it will be at that stage in the building work that it can ring but if that’s what the House wants I’m not going to stand in the way because of my view. My view doesn’t matter.”

Sir Lindsay’s predecessor was John Bercow who chaired a committee that blocked a bid for a chime to occur on the original leaving date of March 29.

The current Speaker added: “It will be a significant moment and people will do different things, and if the House wishes to do that, so be it.

Former Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt is one of the MPs to have signed the early day motion.

she said: “Those chimes help create a moment of national focus for the nation, and I think it would be fitting if they were able to ring out to mark the moment.

“I hope the palace Authorities will agree to our request.”

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