23/11/2017

Belfast And L'Derry's Joint Bid For European Capital Of Culture Rejected

Belfast and L'Derry's joint bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023 has been rejected over Brexit.

The European Commission (EC) wrote to the UK government and stated that after the withdrawal from the European Union (EU) the UK could not take part.

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has called on the EC and requested for the joint bid to be treated as a special case.

He said: "This is deeply disappointing for the people of the two cities and for those who have worked so hard to progress the joint bid.
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"The SDLP has written directly to the EU Commission to ask that we are treated as a special case. I've also made contact with the Irish Government to ask for their immediate intervention with the EU Commission to ask that the bid for the two cities on the island of Ireland can proceed.

"The SDLP long warned that Brexit would lead to economic instability and prevent growth in our communities, that reality has now hit home.

"The people of the North voted to remain, they voted to protect their socio-economic needs. We must unite and face down the DUP/Tory Brexiteers to protect Ireland's interests."

(CD/LM)

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