Predictably, British cities will not now be able to bid to be European City of Culture in 2023. I would contend that planning it amidst Brexit would have been a disaster. Like planning a holiday with the ex you’re divorcing.
A Tale of Fewer Cities
A meeting room somewhere. For the purposes of this short play the EU is a man called Steve who the cities are divorcing. Steve is not there in person. His representative, a gerbil called Alan is speaking for him.
Leeds: Steve will still be bringing sandwiches for the journey won’t he?
Alan: Steve can’t commit to that. Catering arrangements are uncertain at this time.
Dundee: Okay. Don’t worry. We’ll make some herring ones.
Alan: Bringing them might not be as simple as you think.
Milton Keynes: Will we go on the beach like last time?
Alan: Steve says he hopes that you’ll have done a risk assessment that he would approve of.
Nottingham: I just can’t wait, I can’t wait. Is Steve looking forward to it too? Has he told everyone about my lacey outfit with chrome trim?
Alan: Steve has been very busy in meetings but I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.
Belfast/Derry: We might have some issues crossing our borders. Can Steve help us out?
Alan: Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Cities: We need another 57 meetings with Steve to plan our lovely holiday. Sometimes we think that he’s not actually looking forward to it anymore. It’s almost as if he feels like he can’t be arsed to put the time in. Alan, can you tell him he’s got to stop spending all his time talking about our divorce and look at travel brochures with us?
Alan: I think you should read your marriage vows again.