Nigel Farage in shock as Big Ben engineer rubbishes £500,000 cost to ring it on Brexit day | UK | News

Nigel Farage was stunned as Mike, a former project manager in Parliament, revealed the sound of Big Ben is entirely computerised and all that is needed is a supervisor. The Brexit Party leader questioned his reasoning behind the huge cost the House of Commons Commission came up with. Mr Farage added the Commission might be “trying to inflate the cost” to put people off the idea.

Speaking on Nigel Farage’s LBC show, Mike said: “Definitely. I’m a big Brexiteer but just to say, I was fortunate enough to work in Parliament for a couple of years.

“One of my jobs there was to project manage the extraction of clock mechanism itself and to replace it with the electric motor that’s up there now.

“I can’t believe the cost that you’re talking about, it’s unbelievable.

“I can only believe they’re trying to claw some of the money back because it’s so over budget.”

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Mr Farage asked: “Are they trying to inflate the cost to try put us off having Big Ben from bonging?”

Mark added: “The ability to to strike the clock is all computerised now, so you could do it from your bedroom on a computer.

“The only thing you will need is one of the clock mechanics to supervise it.

“But other than that I cannot see where this price is coming from.”

“What are we actually celebrating? Have we won a war or something? Where are we going?

“You want to celebrate something that has so divided the nation?

“You can celebrate it, but don’t try to annoy the rest of the nation. Why do I want to hear Big Ben?”

Mr Ferrari began laughing before he interjected: “David, don’t listen to it then. I’m not making it mandatory!

“I’m not forcing everyone in the land to listen to it.”

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