The shock news that Dundee’s 2023 European Capital of Culture bid looks to have been killed off by Brexit has met an angry response from Scotland’s First Minister.
Angus North and Mearns MSP Mairi Gougeon raised the issue at FMQs, pointing out that the news is not only a serious setback for Dundee.
Mrs Gougeon said: “Dundee’s bid had the potential to have a massive positive impact not just for Dundee but for the likes of my constituency and the wider north east.”
Ms Sturgeon said she was “absolutely dismayed” by the news from the European Commission, saying Dundee looked to be “the latest victim of the Tories’ obsession with taking this country out of the European Union against our will.”
The First Minister said the Conservatives “should hang their heads in shame” and she added: “I call on the UK Government today to make clear, not just why this has happened, but how they intend to fix it so that Dundee can continue to aspire to be the European Capital of Culture it so richly deserves to be.”