The EU diplomatic status row get heated after Michel Barnier hit out at the UK.
While receiving an award for best European from European Movement Ireland. Michel was asked a set of questions from various media organisations.
One question, in particular, made Michel visibly annoyed.
A question from EuroNews read: “The UK is refusing to give the EU full diplomatic status, what is your reaction and what will be the repercussions for both sides?”
With the UK withholding diplomatic status for EU ambassadors, Michel Barnier said the UK’s position was wrong, and the UK should seek solutions to sort this problem out.
Michel said the EU isn’t just “an international organisation like the others, we are the Union” and the UK should “find a clever and objective solution to the statute of the EU.”
Barnier’s full statement read: “We will see what the final decision is from the UK on this point, they have to be very careful.”
“I know, Once again it can not be business as usual.”
“I know the spin and sometimes more of the spin of the UK authorities speaking about the EU like an international organisation.”
“We are not an international organisation like the others, we are a union, and the UK took part in this Union more or less for 47/48 years.”
“I hope that we will be able together to find a clever and objective solution to the statute of the EU in London and I would advise for the UK to find a solution.”
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Burrell’s letter read: “Your service have sent us a draft proposal for an establishment agreement about which we have serious concerns.”
“The arrangements offered do not reflect the specific character of the EU, nor do they respond to the future relationship between the EU and the UK as an important third country.”
“It would not grant the customary privileges and immunities for the delegation and its staff.”
“The proposals do not constitute a reasonable basis for reaching an agreement.”
The Foreign Office said it “would not be appropriate for us to speculate on the detail of an eventual agreement”.