Defying the UN’s highest court may put Britain’s place at the international top table in jeopardy, warns former envoy.

The UK could lose its permanent seat on the UN security council unless it resolves the future of the Chagos Islands, the archipelago in the Indian Ocean whose largest island, Diego Garcia, is a US military base.

The shock claim is made by David Snoxell, a former British high commissioner to Mauritius from whom Britain purchased the islands in 1965.

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Last modified: November 16, 2020