The consultation document states; ” The current political status of the Falkland Islands is that they are an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. The Islands are internally self-governing, with the United Kingdom being responsible for matters including defence and foreign affairs. Under the Falkland Islands Constitution the people of the Falkland Islands have the right to self-determination, which they can exercise at any time. Given that Argentina is calling for negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, this referendum is being undertaken to consult the people regarding their views on the political status of the Falkland Islands. Should the majority of votes cast be against the current status, the Falkland Islands Government will undertake necessary consultation and preparatory work in order to conduct a further referendum on alternative options.
“Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?”
The consultation period lasts until November 21st and a number of Public Meetings are being proposed to debate the issue.
The Falkland Islands have been British since 1765. Argentina claims to have a right to the islands ‘inherited’ from the Spanish in 1816 when they declared their independence. Argentina was warned about its pretensions in a diplomatic note in November 1829 but attempted to seize the Falklands by force in 1832. They also attempted the same in 1982. On both occasions the Argentine force was expelled.