The sold-out display is part of Remainer Mr Khan’s ‘Open’ campaign and will send a message of unity to Brussels – despite the UK leaving the bloc in three months. Mr Khan, said: “Every year our capital puts on the greatest fireworks show in the world with the spectacular images of our skyline shared all around the globe. “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.”
Mr Khan has previously expressed his backing for a People’s Vote and has voiced his concerns over the effects of a no-deal Brexit on the capital.
The display will bring together more than 100,000 spectators to watch the largest annual firework display in Europe, including eight tonnes of fireworks.
He has also arranged for Big Ben to return to action to start the countdown after remaining silent for the year during renovation works.
The Metropolitan Police advised ticket-holders to pack lightly and only bring essentials, as no backpacks or suitcases will be allowed into the event.
The event will be broadcast on BBC One for those who were unable to buy a ticket.
Mr Khan’s plans for New Years Eve come after Scotland Yard revealed more than 900 people were arrested with knives in London since April under the stop and search scheme which Mr Khan condemned at the start of his term.
It comes after the city suffers a terrifying surge in knife crime with more than 100 people having been murdered since the start of 2018.
Approximately 28 percent of the stop and searches carried out since April have yielded “positive outcomes”, with 16 percent of these involving people who were carrying weapons.