Diplomatic row over status of EU's ambassador to the UK

U.K., EU in spat over diplomatic status of bloc's ambassador

This means, the ambassador would not have the chance to present his credentials to the Queen like other diplomatic heads of mission.

The UK, however, does not want to set a precedent by giving mission staff from the European Union, considered simply another global body, the same status as diplomats from sovereign nations, according to the BBC's report on Thursday.

According to the British public channel, the British Foreign Office considers that the European ambassador and officials should not enjoy the same privileges and immunities granted to diplomats by the Vienna Convention because the EU is an global organization and not a state.

The BBC had reported earlier that the United Kingdom planned to refuse to give full diplomatic status to the EU's ambassador in London, prompting a diplomatic spatbetween the United Kingdom and the 27-member bloc.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator has denied opposing free movement of musicians saying "ambitious proposals" for mobility had been offered.

Earlier, the BBC had cited a Foreign Office spokesperson as saying: "Engagement continues with the European Union on the long-term arrangements for the European Union delegation to the UK".

Following the meeting between music industry representatives and Dowden, UK Music CEO Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said the UK music industry was not interested in playing a blame game: "We just want to reach a solution that enables us to continue delivering the positive benefits for the UK that we always have done".

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

On Tuesday, Culture minister Caroline Dinenage said "the door is open" if Brussels was willing to "consider the UK's very sensible proposals" on visa arrangements for musicians.

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

"It's part of the ongoing small print of the deal", said Adam Mansell, who leads the UK Fashion & Textile Association.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office insisted that discussions were ongoing about the status of the European Union delegation.

The British decision is in marked contrast to 142 other countries around the world where the European Union has delegations and where its ambassadors are all granted the same status as diplomats representing sovereign nations.

Josep Borrell, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, has kept in touch with the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, to communicate.

The broadcaster, which has seen the letter, said that sources within the Foreign Office said that EU Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida and his staff should not be afforded the status outlined in the Vienna Convention, which includes immunity from taxation, arrest, or detention.



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