BRUSSELS (KUNA) European Union High Representative Josep Borrel, in a statement on Saturday marking Britain’s withdrawal from the union, revealed that the EU is already represented by a mission in London.
“Today, the United Kingdom leaves the European Union and becomes a third country. While we regret the decision of the United Kingdom to leave our Union, we fully respect this choice and are ready to move forward,” Borrell said in a statement.
The diplomatic representation of the European Union from now on will be ensured by an EU Delegation (embassy), “under my authority as High Representative of the Union for Foreign affairs and Security Policy,” he noted.
Borrell said he has appointed Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida as Head of Delegation and “I trust that he will be working tirelessly to ensure smooth cooperation between the European Union and the United Kingdom.” The premises of the former European Commission Representation in London will become those of the European Union Delegations. Operations start today, he noted.
In addition to the traditional responsibilities of an EU Delegation in a third country, such as EU diplomatic representation, EU coordination and reporting and promotion of the EU in the host country, the EU Delegation to the United Kingdom will have a key role in ensuring the implementation of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement.
“The economic, social and political relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom will not end. We are and will remain closely linked. Our wish is to build a new ambitious partnership across trade and economic cooperation, law enforcement and criminal justice, foreign policy, security and defence,” added Borrell.
Source: Kuwait News Agency