Blow shows ‘sun is setting on empire 2.0’
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.