United Kingdom will not grant European Union ambassador full diplomatic status

United Kingdom will not grant European Union ambassador full diplomatic status

The BBC quoted a letter sent to British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab by Josep Borrell, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, in which he said London's proposals on the issue did not constitute a reasonable basis for agreement.

YesHis Majesty's government has only exempted the people of the European Union from freedom of national sovereignty, when it is already opposing the next villain from Brussels.

Senior Tory Tobias Ellwood described the row as a "silly spat" and insisted the United Kingdom should be "better than this".

Boris Johnson's Government has been accused of a "petty" approach after refusing to grant full diplomatic status to the European Union's ambassador to the UK.

Its chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier expressed the hope that "a clever and objective solution" could be found.

"(Joe) Biden commits to strengthening alliances and we engage in silly spats which will not help strengthen security and trade cooperation.

The European Commission, the 27-member bloc's executive body, said the EU's 143 delegations around the world had all been granted a status equivalent to that of diplomatic missions of states, and Britain was well aware of the fact.

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"It would not grant the customary privileges and immunities for the delegation and its staff".

European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said the United Kingdom, which, as a member of the EU, was a signature to the Lisbon Treaty which established the European External Action Service diplomatic network, was "well aware of the EU's status in external relations".

In a letter to The Times newspaper published on Wednesday, the musicians said the government had "shamefully" broken a promise to negotiate a deal allowing musicians to perform in the European Union without the need for visas or work permits.

If the European Union ambassador to the UK, João Vale de Almeida, isn't granted the status he will also lack the privileges and immunities afforded to diplomats under the Vienna Convention.

As a signatory to the Lisbon Treaty, Britain was "well aware of the EU's status in external relations", Stano told AFP.

The State Department, under new management, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Richard Boucher, a former U.S. diplomat who served as Washington's envoy to Hong Kong and Macau under Bill Clinton, said it was logical that Beijing had waited for the curtain to fall on the Trump administration before announcing the measures."Countries don't normally put sanctions on serving officials because even under the most strained circumstances they have to deal with them", said Boucher, who assessed the measures as largely symbolic.

The Foreign Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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