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European Capital of Culture row shows EU's pettiness

I was disappointed to hear that the European Commission has cancelled the UK's allocation for European Capital of Culture for 2023 (News, November 24). The Commission attempted to justify this decision as the UK will have left the European Union by 2019.

However, this ignores the fact that the European Capital of Culture has twice been allocated to cities in countries outside the EU - namely Reykjavik (Iceland) in 2000 and Istanbul (Turkey) in 2010. At the time of Iceland's year, it was not even an EU candidate state.

I believe this latest move by the EC is another example of a petty and spiteful approach it is adopting to the UK over Brexit.

The Commission has engaged in a co-ordinated campaign of damaging and political leaks during the Brexit talks, designed to undermine the position of the UK Government at home.

This, combined with its unjustifiable efforts to delay the progress of EU talks, is evidence that its commitment to European federalism outweighs its concern for the economic, security and social best interest of member states.

CLLR ALEXANDER REDPATH (UUP)

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

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