London’s refusal to grant diplomatic status to the EU envoy means that he and his staff will not have the privileges and immunities afforded to diplomats under the Vienna Convention, or the opportunity to present his credentials to the Queen.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has made it clear the British government may finally provide the EU’s Ambassador in London Joao Vale de Almeida with full diplomatic status.
“Look, we’re pragmatic about this, of course the EU’s not quite an international organisation, it’s not quite a normal state, we’re engaged in negotiations and I’m sure we’ll get that result”, Raab told reporters on Sunday.
He pledged the UK would treat its EU partners “with all of the respect that they rightly deserve” and that London is “looking forward to turning the page on over the Brexit saga”.
The UK finally left the EU on 31 December 2020 as part of the Brexit process and started a new political and economic relationship with the bloc. Granting full diplomatic status to the EU’s UK envoy remains one of the main stumbling blocks in post-Brexit relations between the two sides.