A renowned British journalist yesterday charged that the UK ought to hand over the Malvinas Islands to Argentina in a video.
“It is time, indeed, it is well beyond time to negotiate in the name of territorial integrity and common sense,” Richard Norton-Taylor, the Guardian’s defense and security correspondent, said.
His public call comes after Jeremy Corbyn suggested striking a deal over the Malvinas earlier this week, however this is not the first time the journalist expresses his opposing views to the UK having possession of the islands.
Norton-Taylor has long argued against the Malvinas remaining in the hands of the British who he believes have an attitude of neglect towards the territory. In 2013, he opposed the referendum in which 1,517 Malvinas islanders voted whether or not to “retain their current political status as an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.” Only three islanders voted against.
In the opening seconds of British BBC 2 TV show Daily Politics‘ video, Norton-Taylor says that aliens visiting earth would wonder “what on earth” the Union flag was doing flying over the islands 3,000 miles away.
In a nutshell, the Malvinas islands are about 550 kilometers away from Argentina and nearly 13,000 kilometers from the UK. By turn claimed by the Spanish, French and British, the embattled islands came under Argentine rule in 1820 after the new South American nation secured its independence from Spain but then were seized by the British in 1833 and resettled by UK residents. In 1982, Argentina and the UK fought a brief and bitter war in order to claim sovereignty of the islands, which the Brits won. Tensions remain to this day, with the official British stance being that the UK “will never sell out the Falkland Islands,” as said by UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, but things might be looking up with new actors more disposed to negotiating, such as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and President Mauricio Macri.
The article was updated on 21 January to read 550km instead of 1,500km.