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Brexit halts Nottingham's European City of Culture bid

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Brexit has halted Nottingham's bid to become 2023 European City of Culture, alongside 4 other cities from across the UK.

The other cities bidding for the status were Leeds, Milton Keynes, Dundee and a collaborative proposal from Belfast, Londonderry and Strabane.

European Commission, which runs the City of Culture scheme, said in a letter to the British government reported by Politico Europe that UK access would be “discontinued” following the Brexit vote.

A DCMS spokesperson said:

We disagree with the European Commission's stance and are deeply disappointed that it has waited until after UK cities have submitted their final bids before communicating this new position to us.

The Prime Minister has been clear that while we are leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe and this has been welcomed by EU leaders. We want to continue working with our friends in Europe to promote the long-term economic development of our continent, which may include participating in cultural programmes.

We remain committed to working with the five UK cities that have submitted bids to help them realise their cultural ambitions and we are in urgent discussions with the Commission on the matter.

– DCMS spokesperson