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The EU’s new man in London

The nomination of an EU ambassador to the UK is a potent symbol of the shift in Britain’s status

By Rupert Joy  

Vale de Almeida while head of the EU delegation to the UNPhoto: Li Muzi/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

The announcement that João Vale de Almeida is to become the European Union’s first ambassador to London is a powerful reminder that, as we brush the sleep from our eyes on Saturday 1st February, Brexit will—finally—mean Brexit.

The EU does not appoint ambassadors to its member states. The 28—soon to be 27—countries that make up the Union constitute its “homeland” and share (in theory at least) a common foreign and security policy. Instead, the European Commission…

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