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Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 10:28 UTC

Controversy in Westminster over the surface fleet and the Type 26 frigates

Defense Secretary Fallon told MPs he would not sign the contract until “absolutely persuaded that it is in the best interests and value for money for the taxpayer”.

British MP Julian Lewis, who chairs the Commons defense committee, claimed contractors BAE Systems were ready to start work on the multi-billion pound Ministry of Defense's new Type 26 frigates, known as global combat ships. The project has already been cut from 13 to eight new ships, while a target to start cutting steel in May has been delayed indefinitely.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 07:08 UTC

Ex PM Cameron “after a long and hard thought” resigns as a Member of Parliament

Cameron opposed the so-called “Brexit,” and campaigned for Britain to remain in the E.U. He informed Prime Minister May of his decision Monday afternoon.

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Monday that he is stepping down as a member of Parliament, just months after leaving 10 Downing Street. Cameron, a member of the Conservative Party, stepped down as prime minister in July after the United Kingdom voted in a June referendum to leave the European Union, saying the country needed new leadership.

Monday, September 12th 2016 - 06:52 UTC

Gibraltar celebrates National Day defiantly:“if Brexit means Brexit, then British means British”

 “If anyone thinks that we are going to sell our homeland for access to Europe, they don’t know the Gibraltarians,” said CM Picardo

Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo sent a firm message on Saturday, 10 September, the Rock's National Day, which was accompanied by strong support messages from the UK and a visiting delegation of MPs from all parties in Westminster

Monday, September 12th 2016 - 06:33 UTC

Trade, investments and Falklands in Sir Alan Duncan's agenda in Buenos Aires

Sir Alan Duncan will also be at the opening of a business and investment conference which will be attended by a delegation of forty top British companies

UK Foreign Office minister of state for the Americas and the Falkland Islands, Sir Alan Duncan begins this Monday a full agenda of activities in Buenos Aires with the purpose of promoting business, investments and normalizing bilateral relations, after more than a decade of distant when not frozen links under the Kirchner couple administrations. The Falkland Islands issue is also expected to be addressed but with “a constructive spirit”.

Saturday, September 10th 2016 - 11:47 UTC

Falklands' response to Malcorra's statements of air links to Argentina and the oil industry

”The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) has seen the articles in the media attributed to the Argentine Foreign Minister, Susana Malcorra.

The Falkland Islands Government has acknowledged it is aware of media coverage of Argentine foreign minister Susana Malcorra referred to proposals of possible air links between the Islands and Argentina as well as talks on other areas of interest such as the fishing and hydrocarbons industries.

Friday, September 9th 2016 - 06:07 UTC

Argentina promises 'respectful' cooperation over Falkland Islands

 Argentina is willing to consider resuming direct flights to and from the Falklands and joint UK-Argentine exploration of hydrocarbons around the Islands

The Guardian's diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour caught up with Argentine foreign minister Susana Malcorra in London and interviewed her on UK-Argentina relations and the Falklands/Malvinas dispute. Ms Malcorra said Argentina wants to end the era of confrontation over the South Atlantic islands.

Tuesday, August 30th 2016 - 07:00 UTC

Argentina wants to make life easier for the Falklands: insists with air link to Buenos Aires

Di Cerisano said that regarding the Falklands there are “no negotiations” currently, but rather “discussions” to advance in pending issues

Argentine ambassador in the UK, Carlos Sersale Di Cerisano said that ”an association with Argentina will be favorable for the Falklands Islanders (kelpers)“ and added that ”the Argentine government will try to make life easier for Islanders”.

Tuesday, August 30th 2016 - 04:07 UTC

HMS Protector crew parade next to the Chilean navy to honor Pilot Pardo in Punta Arenas

The ceremony remembered the expertise and courage of the Chilean navy officer in the “Yelcho” tug, probably the first successful rescue operation in Antarctica

Sailors and Royal Marines from Ice Patrol HMS Protector participated on Sunday in a major parade in Punta Arenas, next to members from the Chilean Navy, local Fire fighters and two schools, as part of the commemorations to honor pilot Luis Pardo Villalón, the Chilean navy officer who a century ago rescued the 22 survivors of Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition “Endurance”.

Saturday, August 27th 2016 - 05:12 UTC

PM Theresa May congratulates President Santos on the historic peace deal

The agreement is a significant personal achievement for the President that will put Colombia on a path towards long-term peace and prosperity, said PM May

British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with President Juan Manuel Santos to congratulate him about the historic peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). President Santos thanked the UK for its central role in helping reach the agreement.

Friday, August 26th 2016 - 11:34 UTC

Theresa May pledges full support for Gibraltar in private letter to Picardo

Prime Minister May said that, ‘The outcome of the EU referendum will not affect our steadfast commitment to Gibraltar and its people”

United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged her new administration’s full support to Gibraltar, in a recent private letter to Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.

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