The Foreign Office said that giving Julian Assange asylum would not change anything and that it was too early to say whether it would revoke the diplomatic status of Ecuador's embassy.
It is too early to say when or if Britain will revoke the Ecuadorean embassy's diplomatic status.
"Giving asylum doesn't fundamentally change anything," the spokesman said, adding that Britain had a legal duty to extradite Assange to Sweden.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spoken for the first time since taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
It is remarkable how much strain there is between the UK and Ecuador over the fate of a man who is facing charges in neither country.
The UK and Ecuador are locked in a diplomatic standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Here is some legal background.