London Eye transforms into EU flag during New Year’s Eve fireworks
By James Herring on Tuesday, January 1, 2019
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of politicising”the capital’s New Year celebrations after the London Eye was lit up like the EU flag in a rebuke of Brexit.
Last night the wheel was lit up in blue and yellow-coloured fireworks set off inside its circle, creating an image that resembled the flag of the European Union.
Tonight’s spectacular #LondonNYE fireworks showed that whatever the outcome of Brexit – #LondonIsOpen – to business, to talent, to ideas, to creativity – and why London really is the greatest city in the world.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 1, 2019
Mayor Sadiq Khan has been a vocal public supporter of the EU and opponent of Brexit.
The London mayor said: “I’m proud that this year the millions watching around the world will see us send a message of support to more than one million EU citizens who call London their home. By paying tribute to our close relationship with Europe as we welcome in the New Year, we will once again will show the world that London will always be open.”
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen accused Mr Khan of a “betrayal of democracy” and the mayor attracted criticism from the pro Brexit brigade.