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Britain is ready to step up Falklands defence, says paper

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Military chiefs have drawn up plans to step up defence of the Falkland Islands, the Telegraph newspaper has reported.

It says the March referendum on whether to remain a British overseas territory could lead to an act of aggression by Argentina, such as planting the country’s flag on the islands.

Harrassment of fishing vessels and disruption of British oil and gas exploration are other possibilities that could escalate if the Royal Navy had to intervene, says the paper.

The referendum has been called as a way of demonstrating the islanders’ resolve to remain British.

Read the Telegraph story here.

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