UK MULLS REFUSING EU AMBASSADOR FULL DIPLOMATIC STATUS


23/01/2021




Selin ATAY-TDO- UK may not grant the EU ambassador full diplomatic status, as the bloc is not a nation-state. The proposal marks the latest row between Brussels and London following the Brexit.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said the European Union's delegation to the Britain would be granted the diplomatic privileges and immunity necessary to enable it to work. "The EU, its delegation and staff will receive the privileges and immunities necessary to enable them to carry out their work in the UK effectively," the spokesman told reporters.

It is reported that Britain planned to refuse to give full diplomatic status to the European Union's ambassador in London, prompting a diplomatic spat between UK and the EU. According to the report, the UK Foreign Office intended not to grant the same diplomatic status, immunities and privileges to Joao Vale de Almeida and his team as it gives to diplomats of nation states under the Vienna Convention. It is also reported that the Foreign Office was hesitant to give EU diplomats immunity and privileges because it did not want to set an example in the eyes of other IOs.

"It's a matter of fact that the EU is a collective of nations, but it's not a state ... in its own right," Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said.

The European Commission defended the status of EU diplomats in London. The Commission  argued that the bloc's 143 delegations worldwide had all been given a status equivalent to that of diplomatic missions of nation states.

Peter Stano, the European Commission's spokesman for foreign affairs, made statement about the status of EU diplomats in London. "Granting reciprocal treatment based on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations is standard practice between equal partners and we are confident that we can clear this issue with our friends in London in a satisfactory manner," said Peter Stano.


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