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UK blocks EU at UN

(BRUSSELS2) The United Kingdom, furious at seeing the role of the European Union recognized, has decided to block the “machine” for European declarations, as reported by the British daily The Guardian, today.

Between William Hague and Catherine Ashton, it's a bit of tough love (credit: Th. Monasse)

British diplomats stationed in New York (or in other UN bodies) thus blocked no less than 70 declarations that the European Union was to make in different UN committees, on subjects as varied as human rights of man, terrorism, disarmament or the economy. “ On instructions from Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague » specify our British colleagues. A blockage that has persisted for several weeks already, as a foreign affairs specialist working in European institutions confirmed to me.

Object of British fury: the declarations are made in the name of the European Union and not of the EU and its member states, so what do they think, it concerns mixed matters. In doing so, they are destroying the recent progress made by the European diplomatic service at the UN in seeing its rank raised in the international bodies of the United Nations.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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