British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his plans for Brexit Day, the day the United Kingdom leaves the European Union (EU) on the night of Friday to Saturday. The day is celebrated with, among other things, an official countdown, a speech from Johnson and a special Brexit coin, reports BBC News.
There will also be light shows and flags will fly. Via a clock on which the time is projected, the countdown will be on January 31 to 11 p.m. (local time). At that moment the United Kingdom leaves the EU.
After the countdown, Johnson will address the British people. The next day a special Brexit coin will come out. On the coin are the words “peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations”.
According to Downing Street, the government wants to use the celebration as “a time to resolve differences, reunite communities and look ahead to the country that the United Kingdom wants to become in the next decade.”
In all likelihood, Big Ben will not be ready on Brexit Day, Downing Street confirms. The iconic clock is being restored and is therefore out of use.
To make the clock sound, Lageray Hoyle said that Lageray Hoyle would need £ 500,000 (almost € 590,000). The clock would have to be adjusted temporarily, which would delay the restoration.
A campaign to raise the necessary money has so far raised more than £ 240,000 (around € 280,000), but parliamentary rules prohibit the money from being used for Big Ben.
Earlier this month, the British and European Parliament approved the Brexit deal after long negotiations.
Although the British leave the EU on 31 January, a transitional period will follow, which according to the law may last up to December 2020, regardless of whether a trade agreement has been reached with the EU.