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A Chara,- I see that the UK Foreign office is refusing to grant the EU ambassador to the UK, Joao Vale de Almeida, the full diplomatic status and privileges afforded to diplomats under the Vienna Convention which give them immunity from detention, criminal jurisdiction and taxation.

The British decision is in marked contrast to 142 other countries around the world where the EU has delegations and where its ambassadors are all granted the same status as diplomats representing sovereign nations, and represents a change of UK policy from 2010, when the UK agreed that the EU's foreign service should be granted the "privileges and immunities equivalent to those referred to in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 18 April 1961".

The danger is that hostile states might copy the UK and downgrade the protections granted to EU diplomats in their own countries. This could open EU diplomats up to being more easily harassed and expelled. Might I suggest that the EU should withdraw its ambassador to the UK for consultations and that any discussions between the EU and UK on outstanding matters be put on hold in the interim?

The UK decision is another petty and silly attempt to downgrade a mere "international organisation" like the EU - despite the fact that its treaty obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement, Northern Ireland Protocol, and the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement are with the EU, and not with individual member states. Where is John Cleese of the "Ministry for Silly walks" when you need him?




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