Tuesday, 21 November 2017 15:54


The SNP has said the UK’s influence in the world is in decline as a result of Brexit, following the news the UK will not have a judge sitting on the bench of the International Court of Justice for the first time in its 71-year history - after the UK failed to secure enough support from other nations.

During Foreign Office Questions in Westminster, SNP MP Patrick Grady asked Boris Johnson whether the loss was another sign of the “sun setting on Empire 2.0, before it has even risen.”

The UK’s candidate's hopes of being selected for a second nine-year term to the post - where the UK has had representation since 1946 - were dashed as the UK failed to gain the support of both the UN Security Council and the General Assembly, with India’s candidate instead securing the position.

Patrick Grady MP said:

"Over the past year we have heard Cabinet Brexiteers trumpet on about Empire 2.0 as the UK leaves the EU.

"However, yesterday we witnessed the beginning of the exodus from the so-called Empire as both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) relocated their businesses to Amsterdam and Paris – taking with them jobs in a sign of the UK’s decline on the global stage.

“Since 1946, the UK has held a seat on the bench at the International Court of Justice, and today’s news that, for the first time, the UK representative has failed to secure the support of other nations, is further proof of the UK being shunned to the sidelines, and its influence on global affairs are in decline.

“The UK has not even left the EU yet, and it looks as though the sun is setting on Empire 2.0, before it has even risen.”

No British judge on world court for first time in its 71-year history: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/nov/20/no-british-judge-on-world-court-for-first-time-in-its-71-year-history

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