Downing Street has said it would “welcome” the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in the UK next year.
Kalush Orchestra’s Ukrainian entry won this year’s competition in Turin, Italy, and it is tradition for the winning country to host the event the following year.
But the EBU has stated that after a “full assessment and feasibility study” they have concluded that the “safety and operational guarantees” required to host the event cannot be met.
Boris Johnson’s spokesman said Ukraine’s victory was “richly deserved” and the government’s “overwhelming desire” was that the match could be held there.
“We would welcome the opportunity to partner with Ukraine and the BBC to host it here in the UK,” the spokesperson said.
No.10 added that if the competition were to be held in Britain, it would like it to reflect Ukraine’s “rich culture, heritage and creativity”.
The EBU said: “Our full intention is that Ukraine’s victory will be reflected in next year’s shows. This will be a priority for us in our discussions with the eventual hosts.”