Brexit and the UK’s future relationship with a fracturing Middle East are intertwined with the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
Boris Johnson claimed on Monday “there is nothing more important than the safe return of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and that trumps all other political considerations in this country”. However, that assurance is hardly likely to feel credible for her husband, Richard, who admitted earlier: “I think there is a wider politics that people are positioning themselves around.”
Indeed, the Zaghari-Ratcliffe family is gradually discovering what it is to be a pawn on not one but two gigantic diplomatic chessboards. For both Brexit and the UK’s future relationship with a fracturing Middle East are now intertwined in her case.