Iain Stewart, the Conservative MP for Milton Keynes South, has slammed the EU’s decision to stop accepting UK bids to be European Capital of Culture due to Brexit.

Milton Keynes is one of the UK cities which has made a bid, with taxpayer funded backing, to have the prestigious title in 2023.

But an announcement today suggested that following its departure from the EU in 2019, the UK would not be allowed to take part in future events.

Mr Stewart, who voted Leave in June 2016,  said: “I’ve heard the EU will no longer be accepting UK cities for the Capital of Culture. Seems a very bitter decision, we are not turning our backs on Europe yet this is looks like they are turning our backs on us.

“I will be seeking urgent clarification from DCLG.”

Liverpool was the last city in this country to be the European Capital of Culture back in 2008, and Milton Keynes would have been up against Nottingham, Dundee and Leeds this time around.