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Special meeting to be held on Euro capital bid - Sinn Féin

5 December, 2017 - by Jim McVeigh


Sinn Féin has called a special meeting of Belfast City Council which will be held tomorrow night as part of efforts to overturn the decision to reject the bid by Belfast and Derry to become European Capital of Culture.

Sinn Féin leader on Belfast City Council Jim McVeigh said: 

“Sinn Féin called this special council meeting to address the disastrous impact of Brexit on the Belfast and Derry and Strabane council’s joint bid for European Capital of Culture in 2023. 

“Sinn Féin will be calling upon the council to lead a cross-party and business and civic delegation to Brussels to lobby for this decision to be reversed.

“The North of Ireland is clearly a special case given the majority of citizens here voted to remain in the EU and wish to be treated as European citizens.

“Belfast and Derry and Strabane shouldn’t have to suffer because England voted to leave the EU and the disaster of their decision is now stopping a potential additional £1 billion coming into our economy.” 

NOTES TO EDITOR:

The text of the motion to be discussed at the special council meeting tomorrow (Wednesday 6th December) at 7:15pm is as follows: 

The exclusion of Belfast/Derry and Strabane from the bidding process for the European Capital of Culture in 2023, as a direct consequence of Brexit being imposed upon the North of Ireland, is potentially disastrous for our cities economies. 

This council has already on two occasions voted in favour of special designated status for the North of Ireland within the EU and calls upon the EU to recognise the special circumstances that exist in the North of Ireland and to overturn the decision to exclude the North of Ireland from the bid process.

This council as a matter of urgency will organise a cross party and business and civic delegation that will travel to Brussels to meet with the relevant EU body to lobby for this decision to be overturned.

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