Diplomatic Scandal Arising Between EU and UK


At the time of the order the company had promised free worldwide delivery.Helen Kara, from Uttoxeter in Staffordshire, faced a UPS demand for £93 after purchasing £292 worth of bed linen from Urbanara.co.uk, which is based in Berlin, a fact she was unaware of when ordering.Since 1 January, people buying goods from the European Union - and vice versa - have faced import charges.

A 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 United Kingdom effectively".

Senior Tory Tobias Ellwood described the row as a "silly spat" and insisted the United Kingdom should be "better than this".

Tobias Ellwood, a lawmaker with the governing Conservative Party who heads Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, said the government was being "petty".

In the 142 other countries where the European Union has representation, the group's ambassador is granted status similar to that of the ambassador of a sovereign state, which carries with it diplomatic immunity and certain privileges, as set out in the Vienna Convention. (US President Joe) Biden commits to strengthening alliances and we engage in silly spats which will not help strengthen security and trade cooperation. "Ensuring reciprocity on the basis of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations is a common practice among equal partners, and we are confident that we will be able to clarify this issue with our British friends in a satisfactory manner", Borrell's spokesman, Peter Stano, told La Vanguardia.

But Whitehall sources insisted that worldwide organisations were offered "very similar privileges and immunities" to diplomatic missions sent by foreign governments.

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On the same day in Parliament, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for culture, media and sport Baroness Barran said the Government remained willing to discuss with the European Union a revision to the current deal but it is now discussing the issue on a "bilateral basis" with individual European Union member states.

The end of free movement between the continent and the United Kingdom since 1 January now requires them to obtain individual visas before traveling to any European Union country, also resulting in additional costs.

Under the Vienna Convention governing diplomatic relations, envoys representing countries have certain privileges such as immunity from detention and, in some cases, prosecution, as well as tax exemptions.

Britain's Foreign Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The EU has 143 delegations, equivalent to diplomatic missions, around the world.