A new generation backs the Falklands’ right to self-determination
I recently wrote an article in The Times with Labour MP Wes Streeting backing the Falkland Islanders right to self determination.
Last month marked Liberation Day on the Falkland Islands, making it 35 years since the short but brutal fight to reclaim the Islands from Argentinian invaders ended in June 1982.
In February this year I visited the Islands and laid wreaths at the Liberation Monument war memorial. In this remote overseas territory in the South Atlantic I discovered a fiercely British community which greatly values its constitutional links with the UK.
I was born after the conflict but grew up understanding the impact it had on the UK at the time. I was also able to see the lasting positive impact that has come from that just fight. Young islanders now have the opportunity to go to college and university, with the vast majority coming here to the UK to study, many in the Solent Region.
The Islands’ economy, traditionally based on agriculture and fishing, is diversifying into energy exploration and tourism. This positive story should make all of us in Britain and the wider UK family proud.
Liberation Day was marked on the Islands and in a number of services across the UK, and we should remember and give thanks to those that lost their lives or were impacted in 1982. By commemorating all those who suffered 35 years ago, we send a message from Britain – and Westminster in particular – that a new, younger generation of politicians is determined to ensure that the sacrifices made during the Falklands War are not forgotten.
Falkland Islanders can look forward to a bright, secure future safe in the knowledge that we in Britain will continue our support for their right to self-determination in the years ahead.
FULL ARTICLE HERE