School of Politics and International Relations

U.K. defends buying $16 million New York penthouse for diplomat

28 March 2019

The British Foreign Office on Wednesday defended spending almost $16 million to buy an apartment for a diplomat in New York as “the best possible deal and value for money” and a way to promote Britain’s business interests in the city. Dr Christopher Phillips called the purchase “yet another example of the ridiculousness of Brexit.” “The U.K. has had to sell off many of its grander foreign properties to balance the books during austerity; and now splashes out on this penthouse to win previously unnecessary trade deals,” he wrote.

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