Thousands of British Muslims celebrated Eid Festival 2019 in London

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London Mayor Sadi Khan has hosted the annual Eid Festival for three consecutive years. (Twitter photo/@MayorofLondon)
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The Festival was held on Trafalgar Square for the 14th time as Londoners of all ages, backgrounds, faiths celebrated Eid. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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There were performances from diverse acts from around the world. (Social media)
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There were performances from diverse acts from around the world. (Social media)
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London Mayor Sadi Khan has hosted the annual Eid Festival for three consecutive years. (Twitter photo/@MayorofLondon)
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The London mayor was joined on stage by the award-winning Hollywood actor, rapper and activist Riz Ahmed. (Twitter photo/@MayorofLondon)
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There were performances from diverse acts from around the world. (Social media)
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The Festival was held on Trafalgar Square for the 14th time as Londoners of all ages, backgrounds, faiths celebrated Eid. (Social media)
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The Festival was held on Trafalgar Square for the 14th time as Londoners of all ages, backgrounds, faiths celebrated Eid. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Stalls representing different ethnic backgrounds sold delicious foods and drinks common to their countries during the event. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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The Festival was held on Trafalgar Square for the 14th time as Londoners of all ages, backgrounds, faiths celebrated Eid. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Stalls representing different ethnic backgrounds sold delicious foods and drinks common to their countries during the event. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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The Eid Festival 2019 was held in Trafalgar Square in its 14th edition. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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The Festival was held on Trafalgar Square for the 14th time as Londoners of all ages, backgrounds, faiths celebrated Eid. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Stalls representing different ethnic backgrounds sold delicious foods and drinks common to their countries during the event. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Muslims and non-Muslims from London and beyond turned out for the event. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Stalls representing different ethnic backgrounds sold delicious foods and drinks common to their countries during the event. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Trafalgar Square is located opposite the National Gallery in central London. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Stalls representing different ethnic backgrounds sold delicious foods and drinks common to their countries during the event. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Stalls representing different ethnic backgrounds sold delicious foods and drinks common to their countries during the event. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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The Eid Festival 2019 was held in Trafalgar Square in its 14th edition. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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The Eid Festival 2019 was held in Trafalgar Square in its 14th edition. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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The Eid Festival 2019 was held in Trafalgar Square in its 14th edition. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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Muslims and non-Muslims from London and beyond turned out for the event. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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There were performances from diverse acts from around the world. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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The London mayor told the joyous crowd that people of all faiths — or of no faith — were all welcome in the capital city. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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The London mayor told the joyous crowd that people of all faiths — or of no faith — were all welcome in the capital city. (AN photo/Sarah Glubb)
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The Festival was held on Trafalgar Square for the 14th time as Londoners of all ages, backgrounds, faiths celebrated Eid. (Social media)
Updated 12 June 2019

Thousands of British Muslims celebrated Eid Festival 2019 in London

  • Thousands of Muslims from across the UK attended the Eid Festival in London
  • In its 14th edition, this is the 3rd time that London Mayor Sadiq Khan has hosted the event

LONDON: Thousands of people celebrated Eid Al-Fitr in London’s Trafalgar Square, with the city’s mayor hosting the free festival.
This is the 14th Eid in the Square in London, an annual event celebrating the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
“We are celebrating this very important festival and the wonderful thing is that it isn’t just Muslims who are celebrating Eid, there are non-Muslims here as well, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and members of organized faiths and those that aren’t,” Mayor Sadiq Khan told Arab News.
“Here in London you are free to be who you want to be and you’re not simply tolerated, you are respected, you are embraced and you are celebrated,” he added.
Khan told the crowds that people of all faiths and none were welcome in the capital, adding that the “wonderful thing” about the city was that many Londoners realized when Ramadan was ongoing.
“Many non-Muslims are now fasting in solidarity. They know about iftar, they know about suhoor and it demonstrates that here in London you can be a part of London but also of different religions. “This year was wonderful as we had record numbers of non-Muslims here and that should demonstrate to the world why we are a beacon and why we are, in my view, the greatest city in the world."

The Mayor was joined on stage by the award-winning Hollywood actor, rapper and activist Riz Ahmed onstage.
There were performances from diverse acts including an Indonesian dance troupe, Syrian classical musicians, West African–European contemporary artists and spoken word poets.
Muslims and non-Muslims from London and beyond turned out for the event.  

“Me and my friends decided to come for a day out, just in general, but then we saw the Eid festival was on so I was really intrigued to come and experience the diversity and cultural awareness of this amazing city,” said Ayesha Kholwadia, 19, from north London. She is from India and was raised in the UK. She was visiting the festival for the first time and said it was “beautiful” to see people from different backgrounds come together in the sunshine.
Joanne Clarkson was also at the festival for the first time. “I’m visiting from Bristol and I’m loving being here and celebrating Eid. I love the music and all the aspects of the culture,” she said.

This year’s Eid Festival coincides with #LondonIsOpen, a major campaign launched by the London mayor in 2016, to show that London is united and open for business. “Despite Brexit, London will always be open to the world, proud of our diversity and inclusive to everyone,” a statement on the mayor’s official website stated.


UK’s Johnson to visit European capitals seeking Brexit breakthrough

Updated 18 August 2019

UK’s Johnson to visit European capitals seeking Brexit breakthrough

  • Johnson will travel for talks with German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron
  • Johnson is expected to push for the EU to reopen negotiations over the terms of Brexit

LONDON: UK's Boris Johnson will visit European capitals this week on his first overseas trip as prime minister, as his government said Sunday it had ordered the scrapping of the decades-old law enforcing its EU membership.

Johnson will travel to Berlin on Wednesday for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and on to Paris Thursday for discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron, Downing Street confirmed on Sunday, amid growing fears of a no-deal Brexit in two and a half months.

The meetings, ahead of a two-day G7 summit starting Saturday in the southern French resort of Biarritz, are his first diplomatic forays abroad since replacing predecessor Theresa May last month.

Johnson is expected to push for the EU to reopen negotiations over the terms of Brexit or warn that it faces the prospect of Britain's disorderly departure on October 31 -- the date it is due to leave.

European leaders have repeatedly rejected reopening an accord agreed by May last year but then rejected by British lawmakers on three occasions, despite Johnson's threats that the country will leave then without an agreement.

In an apparent show of intent, London announced Sunday that it had ordered the repeal of the European Communities Act, which took Britain into the forerunner to the EU 46 years ago and gives Brussels law supremacy.

The order, signed by Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay on Friday, is set to take effect on October 31.

"This is a landmark moment in taking back control of our laws from Brussels," Barclay said in a statement.

"This is a clear signal to the people of this country that there is no turning back -- we are leaving the EU as promised on October 31, whatever the circumstances -- delivering on the instructions given to us in 2016."

The moves come as Johnson faces increasing pressure to immediately recall MPs from their summer holidays so that parliament can debate Brexit.

More than 100 lawmakers, who are not due to return until September 3, have demanded in a letter that he reconvene the 650-seat House of Commons and let them sit permanently until October 31.

"Our country is on the brink of an economic crisis, as we career towards a no-deal Brexit," said the letter, signed by MPs and opposition party leaders who want to halt a no-deal departure.

"We face a national emergency, and parliament must be recalled now."

Parliament is set to break up again shortly after it returns, with the main parties holding their annual conferences during the September break.

Main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to call a vote of no confidence in Johnson's government after parliament returns.

He hopes to take over as a temporary prime minister, seek an extension to Britain's EU departure date to stop a no-deal Brexit, and then call a general election.

"What we need is a government that is prepared to negotiate with the European Union so we don't have a crash-out on the 31st," Corbyn said Saturday.

"This government clearly doesn't want to do that."

Britain could face food, fuel and medicine shortages and chaos at its ports in a no-deal Brexit, The Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing a leaked government planning document.

There would likely be some form of hard border imposed on the island of Ireland, the document implied.

Rather than worst-case scenarios, the leaked document, compiled this month by the Cabinet Office ministry, spells out the likely ramifications of a no-deal Brexit, the broadsheet claimed.

The document said logjams could affect fuel distribution, while up to 85 percent of trucks using the main ports to continental Europe might not be ready for French customs.

The availability of fresh food would be diminished and prices would go up, the newspaper said.