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Brexit: UK gives EU ambassador full diplomatic status
The UK government has agreed to give the European Union ambassador in London full diplomatic status.

The Foreign Office had resisted the idea, arguing the EU should not be treated like an independent nation.

But in a joint statement, the UK and EU announced ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida, would get "a status consistent with heads of missions of states".

He will now be immune from detention, prosecution or taxation during his time in London.

These are among the privileges given to diplomats in the states where they are stationed, as sanctioned by the Vienna Convention.

In more than 100 other countries, the EU's ambassadors have the same status as those representing sovereign nations.

Note that, pre-Brexit, the EU ambassador to the UK had "full diplomatic status." Since the UK didn't want at first to grant that status to recently nominated Vale de Almeida, Charles Michel declined to receive the UK ambassador to the EU in Brussels, who has yet to officially present his credentials; should happen soon, now.

by Bernard on Wed May 5th, 2021 at 07:52:47 PM EST
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