Falkland Islands 'voted 99.8% to stay British' says Richard Hyslop
Not only did the Argentine government order the departure of the troops but also once again hit out at the “illegal occupation” of the Malvinas Islands. Despite being a sovereign territory of the UK since 1833, Argentina declared it will resist the “persistence” of Britain to claim the islands. The foreign ministry also labelled the actions of the UK as an “unjustified show of force”.
The foreign minister said in a statement: “The Argentine Republic, through the Foreign Ministry and the Secretariat of the Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic, strongly rejects these military manoeuvres in illegitimately occupied Argentine territory.
“The Argentine Government reaffirms once again its sovereignty over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime spaces that are an integral part of the national territory of the Argentine Republic.
“The Argentine government reiterates that this is a sovereignty controversy that must be resolved between the two countries.”
Secretary for Malvinas, Antarctica and the South Atlantic of the Foreign Ministry, Daniel Filmus, stated any military exercises are contrary to UN resolutions.
He added: “The United Kingdom must stop thinking of the South Atlantic and Malvinas in a military key and as a threat to the entire region.
“We ask the UK to accept the path of bilateral dialogue in the terms of resolution 2065 of the United Nations as the only way to resolve the sovereignty dispute.”
The sovereignty of the islands has been thrown into question following the conclusion of Brexit talks.
Under the Brexit deal, the UK and EU agreed the terms would not relate to any overseas territories.
Due to the Falkland Islands being left out of the Brexit deal, Spanish fishermen are now concerned they could suffer huge financial losses.
With the Falkland Islands not recognised as a commercial territory within the deal, Spanish trawlermen may now be locked out from catching squid in the waters.
Industry chiefs have stated the value of squid is worth £180million as of 2019.
The Falkland Islands were claimed by British naval captain, James Onslow.
The sovereignty was not questioned until 1982, following a challenge by Argentina over the islands in question.
Although the war concluded in 1982, the Argentine government has persistently claimed the islands as its own and warned the UK violates several UN clauses over any military exercises.
Like the Falklands, Gibraltar was left out of the agreement between the UK and EU but both sides continued to negotiate over the status of the Rock.
Due to Gibraltar’s significance to Spanish workers, both the bloc and UK reached a deal to maintain free movement.
The Rock will follow EU rules and join the Schengen zone but will still remain as a British Overseas Territory.
The Rock voted Remain in 2016 and has approximately 15,000 workers who travel back and forth.
Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab said: “All sides are committed to mitigating the effects of the end of the Brexit Transition Period on Gibraltar, and in particular ensure border fluidity, which is clearly in the best interests of the people living on both sides.
“We remain steadfast in our support for Gibraltar, and its sovereignty is safeguarded.”
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.