EU slammed by Martin Daubney on coronavirus vaccine rolloutMr Ciolos, who is the former prime minister of Romania, took to Twitter to demand retali
EU slammed by Martin Daubney on coronavirus vaccine rollout
Mr Ciolos, who is the former prime minister of Romania, took to Twitter to demand retaliation for Britain’s apparent refusal to offer full diplomatic status to Joao Vale de Almeida, the EU’s representative in London. He commented: “This morning I proposed that @Europarl_EN leaders should not meet the new UK representative in Brussels until this is resolved.”
This preposterous, childish foot-stamping is utterly typical
However, Mr Daubney, himself a former Brexit Party MEP, wasted little time in hitting back.
He replied: “Strong relations?” The EU put a hard border down Northern Ireland within one month of our independence, breaking Article 16; you banned export of vaccine into the UK endangering the lives of thousands of Brits, but you’re upset about a vol-au-vents party with an EU Ambassador?
Mr Daubney, the former editor of Loaded magazine, subsequently told Express.co.uk: “This preposterous, childish foot-stamping is utterly typical of the naval-gazing, tone-deaf bureaucratic tedium of the European Union.
Martin Daubney said Mr Ciolos’s behaviour amounting to “childish foot-stamping”
Dacian Ciolos took to Twitter to voice his displeasure
“Within one week of the EU imposing a hard border on the island of Ireland, within one week of banning exports of life-saving vaccines to the UK in a failed attempt to bully manufacturers into putting the EU first, Monsieur Ciolos has the temerity to bleat about ‘strong relations’ between the EU and the UK being ‘vital?’
“This is the same clown who yesterday tweeted: ‘Multilateralism must prevail over vaccine nationalism!’ – with zero self-awareness that it was the EU that blocked vaccines to the UK and Australia!”
He added: “Where was his preoccupation with ‘strong relations’ when his tin-pot president, Ursula von der Leyen endangered the lives of thousands of Brits and trampled on Article 16?
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Joao Vale de Almeida, the EU’s London representative
“Now he bleats about the EU not recognising an EU ambassador.
“It’s utterly ludicrous: the political equivalent of a burglar taking your family silver, then demanding compensation for ripping his trousers as he makes off with your loot.”
Last month, the BBC reported the Foreign Office, led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was refusing to grant the same diplomatic status and privileges to Mr Vale de Almeida and his team that it offers to envoys of individual countries.
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Ursula von der Leyen was dismissed as a “tinpot President” by Mr Daubney
After the report Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said: “The EU, its delegation and staff will receive the privileges and immunities necessary to enable them to carry out their work in the UK effectively.
“It’s a matter of fact that the EU is a collective of nations, but it’s not a state in its own right.”
In accordance with the Vienna Convention governing diplomatic relations, envoys who represent individual countries have certain privileges such as immunity from detention and, in some cases, prosecution, along with tax exemptions.
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Representatives of international bodies whose status is not covered by the convention generally have more limited and less clearly defined privileges.
The European Commission insists the EU’s 143 delegations around the world had all been afforded a status equivalent to diplomatic states, a fact it said Britain was well aware of.
Peter Stano, the commission’s spokesman for foreign affairs, said: .“Granting reciprocal treatment based on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations is standard practice between equal partners and we are confident that we can clear this issue with our friends in London in a satisfactory manner.”
Former President Donald Trump withdrew – then reinstated – EU ambassadorial in 2019
Mr Stano added that when Britain was still an EU member, it had been supportive of the diplomatic status of EU delegations.
He added: “Nothing has changed since the UK’s exit from the European Union to justify any change in stance on the UK’s part.”
Also speaking last month, a British government source said the issue of the EU delegation’s status was subject to ongoing negotiations.
Donald Trump, ousted as US President in November, lowered the status of Washington’s EU delegation in January 2019, but subsequently reversed the decision and restored full diplomatic status to it.