Blow shows ‘sun is set­ting on em­pire 2.0’

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UK cities like Dundee hav­ing their Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture bids ruined by Brexit shows the “sun is set­ting” on the Tory vi­sion of “em­pire 2.0”, an SNP MP said.

Pa­trick Grady said the UK los­ing its seat on the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice, EU agen­cies leav­ing the coun­try and the bomb­shell rev­e­la­tion that Bri­tish bids for the cul­ture sta­tus will not be con­sid­ered, re­vealed the true mea­sure of Brexit.

Damian Green, fill­ing in at Prime Min­is­ter’s Ques­tions yes­ter­day, said the MP for Glas­gow North should not be sur­prised that EU agen­cies would pull out of the state that is leav­ing the bloc. He added: “I think it is ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing that af­ter they’ve (the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion) let UK cities – in­clud­ing I know some in Scot­land – ask to ap­ply to be part of the process, the Com­mis­sion de­cided they couldn’t.

“We are in ur­gent talks with the Com­mis­sion about that, and in par­tic­u­lar, we are mak­ing sure those cities that ap­plied can con­tinue with their cul­tural de­vel­op­ment.

Ear­lier this year, a plan to in­crease trade links with African Com­mon­wealth coun­tries was nick­named “em­pire 2.0” at White­hall.

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