We have noted that the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament have approved draft regulations formalising visa-free entry for United Kingdom citizens covering short duration trips to EU member-states and associated Schengen Area countries after Brexit.
One cannot fail to question the fact that the British Indian Ocean Territory, including the Chagos Archipelago, is listed among British overseas territories in this document. It appears that the EU does not want to notice the fact that London continues to sabotage the process of decolonising Mauritius. The UK had illegally deprived Mauritius of the archipelago and evicted its native population for the purposes of establishing a US military base there. Moreover, the document actually recognises the fact that a colonial power had been an EU member for over 40 years.
One can only hope that, instead of acting in the spirit of the notorious concept of a “rules-based world order”, the EU will eventually be guided by norms of international law.