Brexit means Nottingham will not be 2023 European Capital of Culture

Brexit means Nottingham will not be 2023 European Capital of Culture

Brexit means Nottingham will not be 2023 European Capital of Culture

The winning city of five in the running to be the UK's candidate was due to be announced next week.

"We ask that the UK Government divulges the timeline of events, including all communication with the European Commission regarding the competition and when the UK Government became aware that we were no longer possible contenders".

PM Theresa May in "urgent discussions" over the matter.

However, cities bidding for the title were told by the Department back in December that they "should be aware that the European Capital of Culture title may be subject to the outcome of those exit negotiations which could have a bearing on the UK's participation".

The move has also been met with criticism from the Creative Industries Federation (CIF), the representative body for the country's art and design sector.

Three countries which are not in the European Union have hosted the cultural event in the past - Turkey, Iceland and Norway.

Plans for the United Kingdom to host a Capital of Culture in 2023 were announced back in 2014, before the referendum. "This is despite the fact that cities in Europe that are outside the European Union have participated in the scheme historically".

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Designation as a capital of culture typically brings attention, investment and a tourism boost to the host cities.

The only two previous British cities were Glasgow in 1990 and Liverpool in 2008.

After Liverpool won the Europe-wide competition, the United Kingdom launched its own City of Culture initiative in 2009.

The DCMS has said it is "deeply disappointed" and criticised the Commission for waiting until the United Kingdom cities had submitted their bids before communicating the decision to ban them.

A week before the shortlist for the 2023 award was to be announced, the European Commission ruled that United Kingdom involvement "will not be possible", adding that it was "one of the many concrete consequences" of Brexit.

"Other countries who are not of the EU have taken part in the past but they have been part of the European economic area or the European Free Trade Association".

She added: "In Leeds we believe in a future where our culture in all its forms is valued and experienced by the broadest set of people, and for it to be central to the city's identity and to its future - both economically and socially".

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