Celebrations have taken place at the Whalebone Arch in Stanley in the wake of the overwhelming (but not surprising) vote in favour of the Falkland Islands remaining a British overseas territory. It is understood that only a small number of St Helenians living on the islands were qualified to take part in the referendum, called in response to pressure from Buenos Aires for them to be handed over to Argentina. Three people voted No.
A planned referendum on the future sovereignty of the Falkland Islands could be an embarrassing disaster if it is not properly managed, the chief executive of the islands’ government has warned.
The referendum has been called to spell out islanders’ feelings about whether to remain a British overseas territory, in response to political pressure from Argentina.
Keith Padgett told a public meeting the precise wording of the question used in the referendum must be “unbiased” if it is to give the world a message that “we are responsible and we know what form of governance we want.”
St Helenians with resident status in the islands are expected to be eligible to take part in the vote.
A full report appears in Penguin News, the islands’ newspaper
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.
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).