How quickly brexiters can back of in the face of adversity
Britain has not made a final decision on whether to grant the European Unionís ambassador in London, Joao Vale de Almeida, full diplomatic status, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday."
But it is understood there has been discreet pressure from the US for the UK to sort out the diplomatic row given the common threat posed to the west by China, Russia and other authoritarian states. It is seen as symptomatic of a wider inability of the EU and the UK to rebuild relations after Brexit. The US secretary of state, Tony Blinken, will attend the G7 talks in the UK, the first face-to-face diplomacy of any scale since the start of the Covid pandemic.
And only a few days later:
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.