My other car is a MINI!!!!
take the fuse box cover off, there are torx screws in the side, remove these adjacent to the lower dash panel.
There is a screw in the top of the right hand cubby hole, then two bottom left.
pull your steering wheel out and down, and carefully prise off the cover that goes over the top of the column below the clocks. Then put your fingers over the top of the lower dash panel and pull backwards, if it's not been off before it'll be fairly tight, but there are just push fit clips at the top.
Mine's been off hundreds of times now, takes about 5 minutes to remove, and 5-10 minutes to refit as it's fiddly getting it into teh white plastic guides at the bottom