DONALD Trump downgraded the diplomatic status of the European Union in Washington - and Brexiteer MEP Daniel Hannan has explained why the President did exactly the right move.
Conservative Party politician Mr Hannan has been widely outspoken of his views on Brexit and the European Union. He has spoken on his beliefs that that Britain’s democracy is being “fractured” for the sake of the European Union and called on millions of Brexiteers to boycott a second referendum if the People’s Vote campaign were to secure one.
Last week EU officials learned the US State Department lowered the diplomatic importance of their ambassador to Washington, without warning Brussels.
Brussels diplomats discovered this when they noticed their ambassador David O’Sullivan was not invited to multiple high-profile events.
They believed the downgrade could have been put in place by the Trump administration in late October or early November.
The Brussels delegation status was lowered from member state to international organisation.
Mr Hannan wrote in his piece for the Washington Examiner that this has not be well received in Brussels.
Mr O’Sullivan was not called up in the usual chronological order to say his respects to President Bush.
An EU diplomat revealed “he was called up as the last person instead".
Mr Hannan said he agreed this would not be well received in Brussels, as “Eurocrats are notoriously prickly about their status".
He added: “They get especially irked when they are reminded the EU is not a state.”
Mr Hannan went on to say that, though the EU is not a state, they have “spent the past half-century pretending to be like one.”
He pointed out the EU has a currency, a supreme court, a parliament, a president, diplomatic service, legal personality and representation on international bodies.