Labour split on power sharing for Falkland Islands issue

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A spokesman for the Labour Party has said that they believe in “self-determination for the Falkland Islands” after Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the party, suggested that the existing situation could be changed.

Corbyn said on BBC 1’s Andrew Marr programme last week:

“I think there has to be a discussion about how you can bring
about some reasonable accommodation with Argentina. It seems
to me ridiculous that in the 21st century we’d be getting into some
enormous conflict with Argentina about the islands just off it”.

Hilary Benn, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, is thought to have rejected Corbyn’s new policy during a Shadow Cabinet meeting. It was reported in the media that Benn insisted that the party should defend the rights of the Falkland Islands people to self-determine their own future.

Today the Guardian newspaper reported that Alicia Castro, the out-going Argentine ambassador to the UK, said that about Corbyn that “he is one of ours” and “he shares our concerns”.

In a referendum held in 2013 the people of the Falkland Islands voted 99.8% to retain their current political arrangements.