Matthew Rycroft, UK Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks at an event celebrating MP Jo Cox on June 22, 2016 near the United Nations in New York. / AFP / DON EMMERT
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Britain's United Nations ambassador asserted on Friday that the country's strength as a world power would not be weakened by its exit from the European Union and vowed that London would never give up its U.N. Security Council veto.Britain is one of five permanent veto-wielding powers on the 15-member Security Council.Northern Ireland could be reunited with Ireland, which is already a U.N. member, while Scotland could vote for independence from Britain and then become the United Nations' newest member state.It would be virtually impossible for any other country to try and strip Britain of its Security Council veto as the U.N. Charter would need to be amended.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday he expects Britain to continue its leadership at the world body, particularly on development issues.
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