Ding ding. The first round is done.

Milan, Amsterdam and Copenhagen have made it through to the second round of voting in Brussels in a contest to decide who will host the European Medicines Agency after it relocates from London because of Brexit.

The three will now compete in further rounds of voting by ministers in Brussels to determine a winner. The cities beat 13 other rivals from across Europe to reach round two of the voting, which continues this afternoon.

Bratislava, which had been touted as an early favourite, did not make it through the complex round of voting which is being decided by EU foreign ministers today. A final result is due in the next few hours.

Italy’s foreign minister tweeted Milan was in the lead with 25 votes after the first round, with Copenhagen and Amsterdam behind on 20 votes (tweet below).

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