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Falklands’ YES and NO results and possible consequences

Thursday, March 7th 2013 - 22:21 UTC
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Falkland Islanders in a massive concentration displaying the Union Jack  (Photo: M. Short) Falkland Islanders in a massive concentration displaying the Union Jack (Photo: M. Short)

Next Sunday and Monday Falkland Islanders will be voting in a referendum and will be asked a very simple and direct question: “Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?”

The local Penguin News examines in simple terms the consequences of a Yes or No vote in the referendum on the political future of the Falkland Islands, which eventually, sometime along the road could lead to an ‘independence status’.

If the result of the vote is YES, the Falkland Islands Government will tell the British Government the Falkland Islands wish to remain a British Overseas Territory.

Likewise, at any point in the future the Falklands can review its status. The Yes vote still allows full independence or any other status that the Islanders choose as an option for the future.

If the YES vote wins but is not overwhelming it will be noted that a proportion of the Falkland Islanders are unhappy with the status quo; this will lend support to Argentine arguments to the United Nations.

If the result of the vote is NO, the Islanders will have made it clear they do not wish to remain a British Overseas Territory.

The Falkland Islands Government will be obliged to consult about what other options the Islanders might favour.

After a short time these other options will be the subject of another referendum.
A substantial NO vote would encourage the Argentine Government’s sovereignty claim.

This means a large NO vote would weaken the Falklands’ chances of attaining more independence some day.

Finally the relationship between the UK and the Falkland Islands, as with all its Overseas Territories, is based on the principles of self determination and autonomy while recognising mutual responsibility and a pledge of UK support when needed.

Where independence is the wish of the people, the UK Government will meet its obligation to help the Overseas Territory achieve this aim.

The Argentine’s government position on the Falkland Islands is that the Argentine Constitution is clear that the Argentine Government claims full sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.

‘The recovery of said territories and the full exercise of sovereignty, respectful of the way of life of their inhabitants and according to the principles of international law, are a permanent and unrelinquished goal of the Argentine people’.

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  • CaptainSilver

    KFC has left the Chavez fest early so she can sail under a ' peace ' flag on that Libertad with a youth crew for the Falklands, or something like that to steal the thunder caused by a massive Falklands yes vote. Imagine, a sailing ship being threatened by Typhoons and an Astute class. Would look like Israeli tanks attacking Palestinians. Or, have they got the balls?

    Mar 07th, 2013 - 11:08 pm 0
  • womble

    Probably one of the most sensible predictions I've seen on here for a while. I'm sure KFC would try something like that, so bad timing on Chavez's part to cramp her style.

    Mar 07th, 2013 - 11:17 pm 0
  • ElaineB

    I am sure she will organise something in protest - or Fat Max's band of thugs will. But she could have stayed for the funeral and still have been home in time for her stunt.

    It was announced that she was going to attend the funeral. After she landed in Venezuela and after what ever it was that pissed her off, she told her ministers she had changed her plans and was going home. Something happened to cause her to leave in a huff.

    Mar 07th, 2013 - 11:21 pm 0
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