Explainer: Is the UK a rogue state? 17 British policies violating domestic or international law

by Mark Curtis Declassified UK, 7 February 2020 UK governments routinely claim to uphold national and international law. But the reality of British policies is quite different, especially when it comes to foreign policy and so-called “national security”. This explainer summarises 17 long-running government policies which violate UK domestic or international law. British foreign secretary […]

Hugh Carless, Latin America Department, FCO, to J.Cable, Planning Staff, 18 February 1974

Commenting on draft paper on “Potential problems in British foreign policy”, with heading: “New problems with Argentina if oil exploration licences are granted around the Falklands”. “This problem cannot of course be divorced from the existing problem of the Argentine claim to the Falklands… HMG’s current policy of refusing licences to all applicants is being […]

Permanent Under Secretary’s Planning Staff paper, ‘British foreign policy: Opportunities and dangers’, 1 December 1975

“North/South relations”. Developing countries “want this trade to be conducted on more favourable terms than at present and, in the last resort, this can only come about of world prosperity as a whole increases of Western consumers put their hands more deeply into one or other of their pockets… By skilful diplomacy, coupled with some […]

Argentina/Falklands: Declassified

Documents Hugh Carless, FCO, to J.Cable, Planning Staff, (click here) Foreign Office, ‘British foreign policy: Opportunities and dangers’, 1975 ‘Reagan On The Falkland/Malvinas: “Give…Maggie enough to carry on…”’ (46 documents, National Security Archive) Articles 1982 war ‘Revealed: Catalogue of failings that sank Falklands warship HMS Sheffield‘ (Guardian, 15 October 2017) ‘Israel sold weapons to Argentina […]