The written proceedings of the Conference “Rule of Law vs Reason of State” presented at Westminster
Last October 22 the House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster in London, hosted the presentation of the written proceedings of the Brussels Conference “Rule of Law vs Reason of State”, with Norman Baker MP; Lord Steel former leader of the Liberal Party, father of the abortion law in the UK and first Speaker of the Scottish Parliament; Owen Thomas lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter; Stephen Plowden British citizen, appellant with the Foreign Office through the Freedom of Information Act; Marco Perduca; Niccolo Figà-Talamanca and Pannella.
The following day we met Dominic Grieve MP, former Attorney General of the United Kingdom sacked by the Cameron Government a few months ago because of his disagreement with the leadership of the Conservative Party on the position of the Government in relation to the ECHR; and James De Waal, a former diplomat, senior advisor at Chatham House in the political-military field, author of a study in which he proposes a new code to make the decision-making process of the British government as far as defense and use of force meet higher standards in terms of accountability and transparency.
The event in London was an important step in two ways: on the one hand we brought our support to the work of the Chilcot Inquiry investigating the British involvement in the Iraq war; on the other hand we made progress in the campaign started with the Conference held last February in Brussels to restore faith in the democratic and federalist Rule of Law increasingly threatened by nationalist and isolationist winds blowing across Europe.
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