Diplomatic row breaks out over EU envoy’s status.

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Diplomatic row breaks out over EU envoy’s status. João Vale de Almeida has converted the EU’s former office in London to an embassy. Image Credit: Jack Hill, 2021.

Diplomatic row breaks out over EU envoy’s status. João Vale de Almeida has converted the EU’s former office in London to an embassy. Image Credit: Jack Hill, 2021.

Diplomatic row breaks out over EU envoy’s status.

JJoão Vale de Almeida has converted the EU’s former office in London to an embassy. A row has erupted between London and Brussels over Britain’s reluctance to grant the European Union’s ambassador full diplomatic status. João Vale de Almeida became the EU’s ambassador to London last year following Britain’s departure from the bloc, converting the commission’s representative office into an embassy.

However, the Foreign Office is withholding the full diplomatic privileges afforded under the Vienna Convention on the grounds that the EU is not a sovereign state. Full status was initially refused in May but jumped back on to the agenda today after Brussels suggested further negotiations would be required if Britain was to enjoy the same status there.

Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, wrote to the Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, in November.

 

Information and Image are shared from an Article by Catherine Philp, Diplomatic Correspondent | Bruno Waterfield, Brussels, published at The Times, London, UK, on January 21st, 2021. Image Credit: Jack Hill, 2021.


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