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.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a 38-year-old Iranian-British dual national who has been jailed in Iran since April 2016. She has been accused of attempting to orchestrate a “soft overthrow” of the Islamic Republic. She and her three-year-old daughter, Gabriella, were about to return to the UK from Iran after a family visit when she was arrested. Since then, she has spent most of her time in Evin prison in Tehran, separated from her daughter.