A clock counting down to the moment the UK leaves the EU on 31 January will be projected on to Downing Street as part of government plans to mark Brexit Day.
And with Big Ben seemingly out of action, whilst restoration repairs to the Westminster Clock Tower are carried out, Leave-supporting voters are celebrating the next best thing, to have the familiar Westminster Chimes replaced the Countdown theme tune and the familiar game show blue clock projected onto the existing clock faces of the Elizabeth Tower.
Big Ben has been out of action since Autumn 2017 whist restoration is ongoing
An online vote was conducted to determine an alternative to ‘Big Ben’ with candidates including the Family Fortunes ‘uh-eh’ buzzer, the tension music from ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ and a round of ‘Catchphrase’ slowly depicting Mr Chips cutting off his own nose.
“Countdown” is a popular daytime TV letters and numbers game
“Countdown seems incredibly popular amongst Brexit supporters”, commented Channel 4 spokesperson Nigel Spaniel (54), “The demographics of unemployed, the elderly and those off work owing to head injuries in the workplace has an almost 100% correlation with the Leave-supporting voter”
The first episode of ‘Countdown’ aired in 1982
“The Countdown clock marks everything that is good about current UK society”, keen daytime TV viewer and lunchtime drinker Colin Collinson (54) of Barton Stacey celebrated, “It’s unique, intellectual and provides fantastic viewing for those who want to perv at Rachel Riley’s legs”.
Contestants are invited to make the longest word from a collection of random letters or reach a target number using random numbers and simple arithmetic.
The familiar tune will be accompanied by a numbers round, where revelers will be asked to reach a target of 350,000,000 from numbers projected onto a side of a bus, followed by a special letters round in which the celebrants will have to make the longest word out of the letters “BREXITFCKUP’. The game will then be followed by a series of advertisements on the topics of private health care, Dignitas care homes and secure home refrigeration systems that hold enough supplies for eighteen months.
Plans to hold a similar celebration on the 31st December 2020, the deadline for the EU trade deal to be decided, are being discussed with top candidate being a fun round of ‘Pointless’.