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Boost for Brexit as new speaker says Big Ben can chime to mark Britain’s EU departure

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. The bell is housed in Parliament’s Elizabeth Tower, which is currently being refurbished. 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.

“I certainly won’t personally block anything.”

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Sir Lindsay Hoyle says he will not block MPs from voting to let Big Ben chime to mark Brexit (Image: GETTY)

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Sir Lindsay replaced John Bercow as Commons speaker (Image: GETTY)

Sir Lindsay was required to be impartial in his previous role as deputy speaker and has never declared how he voted in the 2016 referendum.

The 160-year-old tower that houses Big Ben is currently undergoing a £60million restoration with the regular chimes being silenced to protect the hearing of construction workers.

The bell rung out for Remembrance Sunday and will do so again to mark New Year.

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

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Penny Mordaunt signed the Early Day motion (Image: GETTY)

In a post uploaded to her Instagram, she was quoted as saying: “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.”

Britain will leave the EU on January 31.

This would be 1318 days after the original referendum took place.

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Boris Johnson has vowed there will be no regulatory alignment with the EU after 2020 (Image: GETTY)

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Pro Brexit campaigners celebrate outside Parliament (Image: GETTY)

After this, Britain will attempt to negotiate a free trade agreement with the EU.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged there will no regulatory alignment with the bloc after the transition period ends at the end of 2020.

A senior diplomat from the EU had told the Telegraph: “The more Britain will diverge from common standards and regulations, the more time we will need to negotiate a comprehensive trade deal.

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Five key events that lead to Brexit (Image: EXPRESS)

"Due to the 11-month time limit imposed by London, the risk of a cliff edge by the end of 2020 has risen considerably.”

However, a senior Government source hit back, responding: “EU officials claimed that they wouldn’t reopen the Withdrawal Agreement, but they did as it was plainly in our shared interest.

“There is clearly political will on both sides that will ensure we can conclude an ambitious free trade agreement by the end of next year.”

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Mr Johnson was a prominent member of Vote Leave (Image: GETTY)

Sir Lindsay, was first elected as Labour MP for Chorley in 1997 but upon becoming Speaker had to relinquish his party membership.

He used to run a textile and screen printing business before entering politics.

His father, Baron Hoyle, was a Labour MP until standing down ahead of the 1997 general election.