The row over Britain refusing EU ambassadors diplomatic privileges has been raging all week with no signs of stopping.
With the EU demanding diplomatic privilege for EU ambassadors, the EU now considers itself a sovereign superstate instead of an international political organisation like the UN or NATO.
Britain deems the EU an international body, not a sovereign state and with this comes fewer privileges, unlike a national government. This is why the EU are not happy because it does expose the two entities as separate.
EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell sent a strong letter of objection to UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab. Following their letter, an EU Commission spokesperson said: “Nothing has changed since the UK’s exit from the European Union to justify any change in stance on the UK’s part.”
“The EU’s status in external relations and its subsequent diplomatic status is amply recognised by countries and international organisations around the world, and we expect the United Kingdom to treat the EU delegation accordingly and without delay.
“The European Union has 143 delegations, equivalent to diplomatic missions, around the world.”
“Without exception, all host states have accepted to grant these delegations and their staff a status equivalent to that of diplomatic missions of states under the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, and the UK is well aware of this fact.”
A foreign office spokesperson 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.”
If the EU deem the countries within the political body as sovereign nations, then the EU itself can not demand itself sovereign. This does expose the EU as seeing itself as a superstate above sovereign nations rather than nations working alongside each other through a body of agreements.