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Britain is being kicked out of the European Capital of Culture competition.

The UK will no longer be able to compete to be in the running for the title.

This means that five cities there who are currently bidding for the honour in 2023 will not be able to participate.

The European Commission says this is a direct result of the UK's Brexit vote.

It says cities that can take the title must be either in EU member states, or cities in candidate and EFTA/EEA countries.

It adds that since the UK will leave the EU by March 29th 2019, it "cannot host the #EuropeanCapitalofCulture in 2023"

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Eligibility criteria for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EuropeanCapitalofCulture?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EuropeanCapitalofCulture</a>:<br> - Cities in EU Member States<br> - Cities in candidate and EFTA/EEA countries participating in Creative Europe <br><br>UK will leave the EU by 29/03/2019, so cannot host the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EuropeanCapitalofCulture?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EuropeanCapitalofCulture</a> in 2023 ? <a href="https://t.co/SXt5xQrh4K">https://t.co/SXt5xQrh4K</a></p>&mdash; European Commission (@EU_Commission) <a href="https://twitter.com/EU_Commission/status/933700375953182720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 23, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Galway is set to hold the title in 2020, along with Rijeka in Croatia.

The current holders are Aarhus in Denmark and Pafos in Cyprus.

Next year, the title will go to Leeuwarden in the Netherlands and Valetta in Malta.

And in 2019 the title will be held by Matera, Italy and Plovdiv in Bulgaria.

Several British cities - a Belfast/Derry joint bid, Dundee, Nottingham, Leeds and Milton Keynes - had put in bids for 2023.

Liverpool was the last British city to be a European Capital of Culture in 2008, following Glasgow in 1990.

In a tweet, Culture Liverpool said it was "really saddened by this decision".

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are really saddened by this decision. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EuropeanCapitalofCulture?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EuropeanCapitalofCulture</a> was an amazing transformational moment for Liverpool and it&#39;s a shame that other British cities are no longer able to compete for a chance to undergo the monumental benefits that we have had since 2008... <a href="https://t.co/DOMfRJDbrz">https://t.co/DOMfRJDbrz</a></p>&mdash; Culture Liverpool (@CultureLPool) <a href="https://twitter.com/CultureLPool/status/933680390665064448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 23, 2017</a></blockquote>
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