UK to give full diplomatic status to EU ambassador
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.
Asked about the diplomatic status of the EU ambassador, Raab said:
“We will treat our EU partners with all of the respect that they rightly deserve ... we’re looking forward to turning the page on the Brexit saga.”
The UK is still in dispute with the EU over implementation of the post-Brexit trade agreement, and has emphasised the joint work it is doing through the G7 and the E3 – the ad hoc group of France, Germany and the UK.
The EU says it has negotiated full diplomatic status with 140 other states. The symbolism, however, is seen in*Europe*as something deeper about the UK’s refusal to accept the role of the EU in representing 27 nation states.