EU demands Ashes hosting rights after Brexit

01.04.2017, Brussels - It has been revealed today that the EU27 are seeking hosting rights for future Ashes Tests as part of the Brexit divorce negotiations.

An unnamed senior European Commission source close to Michel Barnier’s negotiating team, explained that hosting the Ashes outside of the UK would be part of the demands to be agreed by the EU27 at the special European Council summit at the end of this month.

“Since the Treaty of Nice came into force in 2003, giving the EU shared competence over sport, there has been a marked increase in European Ashes victories over Australia.”

“Paris would be an ideal first host city, with Ljubljana keen to host a second test.”

West Midlands MEP and former Warwickshire County Cricketer, Dan Dalton, forcefully batted back the Commission’s demands:

“If the European Commission thinks it can take the Ashes out of the UK in the forthcoming negotiations it is in for a shock.”

“This is not up for negotiation and our first XI negotiating team will hit these demands for six in the opening over.”