The British Government has announced plans to commemorate the country's final day as an EU member state on January 31st.

The include a commemorative coin, a lighting display on government buildings and a televised address by the Prime Minister. But there are no plans to ring "Big Ben".

The commemorations are lower key than some Brexit campaigners would like. But a government statement says it intends to use this moment "to heal divisions, re-unite communities and look forward to the country we want to build over the next decade".

On 31 January, a special Cabinet meeting will take place outside London.

Ministers will meet in a venue in the north of England, where the Conservative Party made breakthrough gains during last month's General Election, delivering the huge parliamentary majority that passed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the lower house last week.

Ministers will discuss Boris Johnson's "levelling up" agenda, that is likely to involve increased spending on infrastructure and job creation in the North of England. It is likely to include spending plans for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in this package.

In the evening, Prime Minister Johnson will make a special televised address to the people of the United Kingdom.

The Prime Minister’s office and residence at 10 Downing street will mark Brexit with a light display in Downing Street, including a clock counting down to 11pm projected on to the black bricks of Downing Street. Buildings around the government district of Whitehall will also be lit up.

The Government statement said: "In response to public calls, the Union Jack will be flown on all of the flag poles in Parliament Square". This is also the site of a celebratory event organised by "Leave Means Leave", an organisation founded by Brexit Party Chairman Richard Tice.

It had a request to include a fireworks display in its celebrations turned down by the local authority, following objections from the Royal Parks administration.

Big Ben, the famous bell in the Parliament's Clock tower, will not ring out to mark the exact hour that Britain ceases to be an EU member state (23;00 GMT, 00:00 CET).

The Clock Tower is undergoing extensive renovation – part of a massive overhaul of the Parliamentary buildings – and the clock mechanism, and its associated bell ringing mechanisms have been dismantled and taken away for conservation work.

The Houses of Parliament commission – the body that runs the Parliament's buildings – said it would cost at least £120,000 to install a temporary mechanism to ring Big Ben for the occasion, including two temporary floors in the tower to support the mechanism.

Doing this would require two weeks notice to the contractors, and would cost more with less notice time. It said there would also be an extra cost for lost time on the renovations, running at about £100,000 a week.

The commission estimates that two weeks work would be lost, resulting in a bill of £320,000, but says that could rise to £500,000if there are any unforeseen problems.

Offers to raise the funds privately, via big donors or a crowdfunding scheme, were rejected by the Commission as unprecedented, and possibly in breach of rules on the accountability of public spending.

A commemorative Brexit coin – a 50p piece - will also be issued on Brexit day.

The Prime Minister is expected to be one of the first to receive the new coin on the day, which reads 'Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations’.

Two previous versions of the coin had to be melted down and struck again, after the UK missed its previous Brexit departure dates in March and October of last year.

The UK will cease to be a member of the European Union at 11pm on Friday 31 January, when the (extended) Article 50 process finishes.

After this time Article 50 cannot be revoked by the UK, so if it wanted to continue as an EU member state it would have to reapply for membership.

Although the UK will be a "Third Country" (i.e. Not a member state from 1 February ) in practice little will change, as the agreement struck between the British Government and the EU and approved by the House of Commons after the election includes a "standstill" transition period until the end of the year, during which EU laws and regulations will continue to apply to the UK, while it seeks to negotiate a new relationship with its biggest trading partner.