In stark contrast to the recent goodwill brought about by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s election, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s announcement yesterday that London “will never sell out” the Malvinas casts a dark shadow over the islands’ sovereignty issue.
Speaking at a Tory Conference, Hammond sent a clear message to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, labeling Argentina’s treatment of the islanders as “bullying and harass[ing].”
Hammond spoke out in clear opposition to Corbyn who recently announced his intention to open dialogue with Argentina in regards to the islands.
After calling out Spanish vessels “violating Gibraltar’s territorial waters,” Hammond transitioned to discussing Argentina in, let’s say, a gloriously awkward way:
“While I’m speaking Spanish,” he began — to be clear, he wasn’t speaking the language — “let me clarify something for President Cristina Fernández Kirchner of Argentina: whatever the Labour leader says, this Conservative government will never sell out the Falkland Islanders.”
The Foreign Secretary also mentioned a recent referendum in which 99.8 percent of Malvinas islanders voted to remain British.
President Kirchner has yet to reply to Hammond’s statement.