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Land grabbing in the Falkland Islands: Argentina is happy after the EU has agreed to exclude islands from the Brexit deal

Meanwhile, Daniel Filmus, who as secretary of the Malvinas, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands is responsible for the South American country’s policy towards the remote archipelago, has suggested that the decision will put Argentina in a better position to grant sovereignty to the British overseas territory claim. The decision means that after the end of the year, Falklanders will no longer receive any trade, tax or customs advantages from the EU27 countries.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez, who has strengthened his country’s aspirations since his election last year, raised the subject during his address to the United Nations General Assembly earlier this year.

Mr Sola tweeted: “After all, the post-Brexit agreement between the EU and the UK did not include the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

“We ask this in all forums and meetings that we held with the European foreign ministers in 2020.”

Mr Filmus told the Argentine newspaper Clarin: “The non-inclusion of the Malvinas Islands in the Brexit agreement was one of the topics that Foreign Minister Felipe Sola raised in talks with Josep Borrell (EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) with all the European Foreign Ministers with whom he has spoken this year and with whom he raised the Argentine position on the validity of UN Resolution 2065 and the existence of a controversy over the exercise of sovereignty corresponding to our and our rights Constitution corresponds to Argentina

“The EU’s decision not to include the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich respects this view.”

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It states: “This Agreement does not apply to overseas territories with special ties with the United Kingdom: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie- and Oeno -Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands. “

In his Christmas message to the Falkland Islanders, Mr Johnson said: “Our commitment to the welfare of the islands and their people may have ruffled feathers in some areas.

“But it serves as a reminder that although you are thousands of miles away, you are part of the British family of nations, that you will stay, and that this government will be there for you whatever may come.

“That includes being able to cope with the changes that will come later this month after the post-Brexit transition period ends.

“The EU has been absolutely adamant about excluding most of our overseas territories from this year’s trade negotiations.

“But you have not been forgotten or left behind.”

In a reference to Falkland Islands Governor Nigel Phillips, he added, “We will work with Governor Phillips and your MLAs to help you make the change.

“And in the longer term, our independent trade policy will open the door to all sorts of new markets for Falklands exports, so if not your oyster, the world will certainly be your loligo for the months and years to come.”

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