International lawyers and experts have suggested Brexit is to blame for the failure of a British judge to be elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the first time.
Robert Jenrick, the parliamentary aide to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, told him: "There's no hiding that the loss of a British judge on the ICJ is a major failure for British diplomacy".
"Sir Daniel Bethlehem, former chief legal adviser to the Foreign Office, added: "[Sir Christopher's] absence will be a significant loss for the court.
His attack raised eyebrows because as a Private Parliamentary Secretary Mr Jenrick is on the first rung of government.
"We will continue to cooperate closely with India, here in the United Nations and globally".
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I congratulate Justice Dalveer Bhandari on being re-elected to the International Court of Justice.
"Theresa May and Boris Johnson like to proclaim their dream of a "global Britain" but here in the real world, her weak leadership and his repeated gaffes have left our country increasingly isolated and ignored", said Emily Thornberry, the Labour Party's spokesperson on Foreign Affairs.
Another MP, from the Scottish National Party suggested it was the sign of the "sun setting on Empire 2.0", referring to a phrase that emerged earlier this year in an article in The Times, coined by cynical civil servants but which has come to symbolise what many believe are the unrealistic ambitions of Britain - following its exit from the European Union - to revive its economic clout. We are naturally disappointed, but it was a competitive field with six strong candidates.
The current British judge on the ICJ, Christopher Greenwood, had been running for re-election to serve another nine-year term.
Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, said on Monday: "The UK has concluded that it is wrong to continue to take up the valuable time of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly with further rounds of elections".
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