Unsurprisingly, Falklands sovereignty is back in the news following a report from a UN Commission that expands Argentina’s territorial waters. The report does not encompass the Falklands, however, so essentially it’s a non-news story. Nevertheless, now might be a good time to come up with a Falklands policy, perhaps to tie in with a large Overseas Territories policy.
I’m a big fan of looking after the BOTs, but not so much that I think we should blindly hold onto them. I think our first point must be an endorsement of self-determination and their right to self-determination. First and foremost, we must listen to the wishes of inhabitants, and also devolve as much power to them as possible (whilst retaining things like defence and foreign policy, which is the usual practice currently).
But because of this stance, we must have a no-nonsense policy towards countries like Spain and Argentina that would want to occupy the Overseas Territories against the wishes of their inhabitants. This doesn’t mean that dialogue would be impossible, it just means we wouldn’t do anything if the inhabitants didn’t agree to it.
Thoughts? I’m happy to put this into the manifesto in one form or another if people are happy with it.