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Dismantled: It’s going to be a bit tricky for Big Ben to ring when it has been dismantled for repair. This shot is old but it demonstrates the problem.

Boris Johnson has wasted everyone’s time with an appeal for funding to make Big Ben ring on Brexit day that could never be accepted.

As prime minister, he should have known that private money cannot be accepted for use on public assets.

And maybe he did.

After all, what better way is there to stir up antipathy for the rules and regulations that hinder him from turning the UK into a dictatorship than by making it seem the bureaucrats are anti-Brexit?

He knows his claim that he could “get Brexit done” is what won the general election for him.

And another “divide and rule” tactic might distract Brexiters from the fact that he is cheating them left, right and centre.

Commons authorities said money raised by the public to have Big Ben bong on 31 January cannot be accepted because of rules on private donations. Despite that, a campaign led by Tory MP Mark Francois ​to get the clock chiming has now raised more than £160,000.

Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice told the BBC: “I blame the bureaucrats. They’ve now said even if we raise the money, actually they won’t let us do it because they’re worried about spending privately-raised money on a public sector asset.”

Source: Boris Johnson news live: Latest Brexit updates as government embroiled in row over EU citizens

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