Following the comments of the new EU Ambassador to Washington
earlier today, William Dartmouth MEP
, UKIP's spokesman on International Trade pointed out, "Cameron's trip to see Obama can now be seen to be a complete waste of time."
The Portuguese diplomat João Vale de Almeida, who reports only to EU Presidents José Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy and to EU foreign minister Cathy Ashton, told local press in Washington that he was now the man to call, echoing Henry Kissinger's famous question "When I want to call Europe, who do I call?"
"In this area code, you call me," de Almeida told reporters
Vale de Almeida dismissed the British ambassador's role as dealing only with bilateral relations while he will be taking responsibility for a vast range of issues.
"Our delegations now cover a wide spectrum of issues well beyond the economic dimension, trade dimension and regulatory dimension, to cover all policies in the union, including foreign policy and security policy," he said after presenting his credentials to US President Barack Obama at the White House.
William Dartmouth responded: "All the other parties have supported or accepted the domination of the EU through the Lisbon Treaty. And this is the result. The British Government will be left discussing how British actors are portrayed in Hollywood at best."
"Of course Britain will continue to pay for the privilege. This is only the start, as the existence of Britain's permanent seat on the UN Security Council is already in the EU sights", he added.