The United Kingdom will ordinarily1 recognise as a state a territorial entity which satisfies the international legal criteria of statehood2, although it may condition its recognition on the entity's adherence to certain international legal or political standards of conduct3. It will not accord recognition of statehood where precluded from doing so by customary international law or the United Nations Security Council4. Recognition will usually be express5, but it can be implied6. The United Kingdom specifies on occasion that its
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