Who says fireworks can't be political?
The fireworks display in London organised by the city's mayor, Sadiq Khan, had a not-so-subtle political message.
To ring in the new year of 2019, the London Eye was lit up to look like the EU flag with the display taking place near the Houses of Parliament.
The phrase 'London is open' was spoken in Spanish, Polish, French, Romanian, German and Italian.
The song 'There For You', by Culture Shock, kicked things off.
Meanwhile other songs included in the 11-minute soundtrack were 'We Are Your Friends', 'Stay' and 'Don't Leave Me Alone'. Artists from Ireland, France and Sweden featured in the music.
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) January 1, 2019
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.
To everyone in London and across the globe: #HappyNewYear pic.twitter.com/vjGBANrGBL
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 1, 2019
London's firework show theme is #LondonisOpen.... aim is to "show the world that London is proud to be a global, European city" This def looks like EU Flag ... & the songs during this had lyrics "i'll be there for you" (i think jess glynne?) and "stay a minute" (by alessia cara) pic.twitter.com/W84zNKfohT
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) January 1, 2019
Khan previously expressed that he wants a second referendum instead of exiting the EU.
He said that he hoped the New Year's event will "send a message of support" to European citizens residing in London.
Many tweeters picked up on the political nature of the impressive display.
Wow! #London what an amazing #fireworks display! Undoubtably we have the best #newyearseve display in the world. Anybody else notice how each song played had a political connection to the #Brexit turmoil were in? 👀🎉 🍾#NYELondon https://t.co/QeTQ5uqUHa
— Nikki (@gllnkk) January 1, 2019
OMG! The London New Years fireworks display was the most political ever.
No UK national anthem, but there was briefly the French anthem, and the London Eye was lit up blue with pods lit yellow like the EU flag. An utter eff you to the 17.5 million (majority) that voted 4 Brexit.
— William Cody Winter⚜ (@wwinter86) January 1, 2019
Feel like there's a subtle political message behind London's fireworks... pic.twitter.com/OTdPEibCqX
— 🧜🏻♂️Happy new queer🌈 (@uisgebeatha) January 1, 2019
2019 has barely begun and if I see a better act of trolling I'll be stunned. pic.twitter.com/cXpn5hLSrT
— Alan White (@aljwhite) January 1, 2019