Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington
We have conducted a re-examination of British policy and practice concerning the recognition of Governments… we have decided that we shall no longer accord recognition to governments. The British Government recognizes State in accordance with common international doctrine.
Where an unconstitutional change of regime takes place in a recognised state, governments of other states must necessarily consider what dealings, if any, they should have with the new regime, and whether and to what extent it qualifies to be treated as the government of the state concerned.
Despite explanations to the contrary, our recognition has been interpreted as implying approval