Monday 19 November 2018

No-deal Brexit could affect Falklands' future

 

Theresa May is due to meet Mauricio Macri, Argentina's president, at the G20 in Buenos Aires on November 30. Stock image
Theresa May is due to meet Mauricio Macri, Argentina's president, at the G20 in Buenos Aires on November 30. Stock image

Louis Emanuel

Argentina could use a no-deal Brexit to further its efforts to bring the Falklands under its control, its foreign minister has said.

Jorge Faurie said he would exploit the situation to "enhance" efforts to pull the islands away from the UK and towards Buenos Aires.

After Brexit, all EU treaties cease to apply and member states would no longer have to support the UK's claim over the territory.

"Our planning for Las Malvinas is to have a negotiation that will enable more strong relations between the people on the islands and the people on the continent," Mr Faurie said.

His remarks came amid growing uncertainty over the legal status of UK overseas territories. Under the EU's 2009 Lisbon Treaty, the Falkland Islands are a British overseas territory to which some EU rules apply.

The EU's Duty of Sincere Co-operation includes a legal obligation for member states to assist each other in matters including claims over sovereignty.

Mr Faurie, on a visit to the UK, reiterated his position that the Falklands should be integrated into Argentina.

Theresa May is due to meet Mauricio Macri, Argentina's president, at the G20 in Buenos Aires on November 30. Talks will officially focus on post-Brexit trade but both leaders will be under pressure to discuss the territory's future.

Italy, with its historic ties to Buenos Aires, and Spain are thought to be sympathetic to Argentina's position. (© Daily Telegraph London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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