Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said:
"I have consistently said it is imperative that any trial related to the Manchester Arena attack takes place in the U.K. That is why I am encouraged by this news today.
"I want to thank Greater Manchester Police and the Government for their hard work in getting us to this point on behalf of the people of Greater Manchester and all those affected by this appalling act of evil.
"While this is an important step, there may well be further challenges ahead. I hope all of the authorities involved will work together and seek to remove any barriers."