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Britain says Zaghari-Ratcliffe has 'no legal right to consular assistance'

The British Foreign Office has said that British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has no right to its help, appearing to row back on the diplomatic cover it had provided her last year.

The claim, contained in a letter sent to lawyers representing Zaghari-Ratcliffe, could have profound implications for all Britons travelling abroad in the belief that their passport grants them the legal right to government help, prompting consternation from politicians and constitutional observers.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe's family MP, Tulip Siddiq, said that Britain was "failing" in its basic duty to protect its citizens.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, an aid worker, is serving a five-year sentence in Iran for espionage, a charge she has consistently denied.

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