Falkland Islanders to vote on whether to stay British

People on the Falklands are to vote on whether the islands should remain a British overseas territory,.

The island government has called for a referendum among the 3,000 islanders as a way of sending a clear message about whether they want to become part of Argentina, which lies 150 miles away at its nearest point.

The ploy has been announced on the eve of Liberation Day celebrations to mark the end of the brief but brutal war with Argentina 30 years ago, in 1982.The government in Buenos Aires has been stirring up international pressure on Britain over sovereignty of the islands.

The vote will not take place until early next year.

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Falklands to vote on keeping British rule – Reuters

(Note: the Reuters headline confuses Britain’s role in the Falklands, which are actually “ruled” by the islands’ own government in Stanley).


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