After suggestions that Greece would push the Marbles onto the EU’s post-Brexit agenda, it’s unclear whether this is still being run up the flagpole:
I am reliably informed that this new text has been added on request from Greece, Cyprus, and Italy. It's to do with the fact that London auction houses play a big role in trade in historical goods.— Jim Brunsden (@jimbrunsden) February 18, 2020
That’s probably a sensible priority for Greece, and for trade negotiations: linking the Marbles dispute to post-Brexit negotiations would make it look overtly geopolitical more than ethical/legal, fostering a Cuno-esque interpretation of Greek motivations. And as a geopolitical dispute it’s overshadowed by Gibraltar (and the Chagos Islanders’ day in court showed that inviting UN member states to line up to take a free swing at Britain has dubious concrete effectiveness). But what will they ask for, given that the UNESCO/UNIDROIT Conventions have nothing particularly to do with EU law...?
Still have the free T-shirt from when I covered the launch of the 'Marbles Reunited' campaign back in 2004 (featuring Robin Cook). On balance, giving me 15 years of free gym wear is probably the most significant thing that campaign accomplished...— Robert Colvile (@rcolvile) February 18, 2020